Jamshedpur, Sept. 25: In view of spurt in COVID-19 cases, the health department has now focussed on conducting door to door rapids tests and spreading awareness. Those who are hesitant to get themselves tested are being educated by the health team.
“ We want people to voluntarily come and get themselves tested. This will help us to curb the cases. We are now visiting door to door to test,” said a health official.
East Singhbhum district surveillance officer, Dr Sahir Pall said door-to-door screenings to identify suspected virus patients, ramping up of COVID-19 tests, are being organised at block level adding that social distancing and COVID awareness chariots are moving across the district.
He went on to add that the awareness drive is necessary as different activities have commenced under the provisions of Unlock 4. He also said it is noticed that people are not following the regulations, which pose a threat to the COVID-19 situation of the state.
The district health department has also rolled out mobile rapid antigen testing vans in the city for quick detection of COVID cases.
About 9 testing vans equipped with testing kits, doctors, health staff have started moving to places specially containment zones to test people feared to be affected by the virus.
The move will now enable symptomatic primary contacts, senior citizens and people with comorbidities to get them tested at their doorstep for a COVID test.
“About 9 vans have been rolled in the city. The plan is to visit containment zones and detect cases quickly. The testing vans will now enable symptomatic primary contacts, senior citizens to undergo a Covid test at their door steps. If the throat and nasal swabs test negative, they will be sent to the nearest RTPCR testing facility for further determination. A mobile testing facility with a team of three people will be on standby in each of the city’s zones to attend to symptomatic cases” said Dr Sahir Pall.
As COVID-19 progresses into the last week of September, the death toll has crossed 300 mark in the East Singhbhum district. What is striking is the mortality rate has been on a steady rise through the month.
In August alone 166 people died because of the virus however, the figure this month is around 100. The total number of deaths has crossed 303. The mortality rate in East Singhbhum stands at 2.4 % while recovery rate is 81.9%. The positive cases are about to reach 13,000 mark.
The city witnessed its first COVID death when a 71-year-old man who was a resident of Sonari died at the Tata Main Hospital on July 4.
Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the district, an official said the district administration is also spreading awareness in the society in an attempt to make people aware of the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask. Drives on mask distribution, sanitation, identification of plasma donors are being conducted. Even the public address system is being used to educate people.