Andhra Pradesh government’s one of a kind door-to-door campaign is working wonders for the state in terms of tracking foreign returnees and containing Covid-19 in the state. The state deployed over 2.5 lakh volunteers each with the responsibility of screening 50 households. A total of 1,38,58,747 households have been screened by the volunteer network by now out of the registered 1,43,91,654 households present in the state.
The campaign has helped the government identify and track 10,000 foreign returnees over and above those informed about by the Government of India. Out of 10,000 returnees identified, 140 have shown symptoms while the remaining 9,860 have been asymptomatic. The cut off date to track foreign returnees has been set on the 10th of February 2020.
Apart from tracking the foreign returnees, the volunteers are also responsible for spreading awareness about the Do’s and Donts to each member of the household. The government aims to reach every household in the state through this campaign. Now the government is expanding the wings of this campaign. Turns focus to even those without a travel history. Anybody who is symptomatic to be identified and reported.
Due to this campaign, the government is able to identify those people whose details aren’t mentioned in the GOI records and those who intentionally hide their travel history.
HERE’S HOW PROMPT ACTION WHEN NEEDED IS ENSURED .
Each volunteer is responsible for 50 households. If there are any symptomatic persons or foreign returnees in these 50 households, the volunteers make an entry in a mobile application given to them . These entries directly are monitored by the district health authorities and primary health care centres. Depending on the need of the specific case, health teams are rushed to the spot and appropriate action is taken.
Dr. Aruna Kumari, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare takes us through the AP government Covid-19 control room and explains how the control room operates. How they are tackling the Corona problem. Listen in.