Jamshedpur, Sept. 21: The COVID-19 recovery rate of East Singhbhum has improved to 80 per cent from 78 per cent. Moreover, no fresh death has been reported in the last 24 hours. It is for the first time that no death has been reported in the last 60 days. The recovery rate of the district is also the best in the State.
Meanwhile, the East Singhbhum health department on Monday achieved the target of carrying out 10,000 rapid antigen tests. The tests were conducted in various places including containment zones and market places.
Those visiting Sakchi today were subjected to undergo rapid antigen tests. The drive which began at 10 a.m continued for about five hours till 3 p.m. The on- the-spot rapid antigen test drive was supervised by the new Dhalbum SDO Nitish Kumar and special officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) Krishna Kumar. The drive was carried out to detect Corona positive cases .
With coronavirus infections continuing to surge, the East Singhbhum administration has stepped up its efforts for early detection of the virus and launched aggressive mass testing in market places and housing societies. The focus is on Trace, Track and Treat. The district has witnessed 11800 positive cases so far out of which 9000 patients have recovered. The focus is early detection so that the patients can be isolated to control further spread.
According to the officials, the health department is conducting nearly 3,000 tests every day in housing colonies alone. “We are focusing on trace, track and treat. We have been approached by several societies too. The response at market places was also overwhelming,” said the official.
” During a meeting with the SDO it was decided to speed up the tests. On Monday we achieved the target of conducting 10,000 rapid antigen tests on a single day. The test was also conducted at different housing societies which were declared as containment zones, ” said Dr R N Jha, civil surgeon of East Singhbhum district.
The health department had engaged around 400 medical personnel for the success of the drive. Jha explained that rapid antigen tests detect the presence of viral proteins (antigens) expressed by the COVID-19 virus in a sample taken from the respiratory tract of a person.
The district administration has also decided to conduct minimum 20 tests per day in each block. The decision was taken at a meeting with all the Block Development Officers, Zonal Officers, Incident Commander and Medical Officer Incharge under the chairmanship of Sub-Divisional Officer Dhalbhum Nitish Kumar Singh.
The meeting evaluated the efforts made by the administration so far at the block level in view of the prevention of Covid-19 infection and discussed the challenges to come.