Cuttack: Dr. Saurav Garg, Covid Observer, Cuttack District highlighted on important steps taken in Cuttack district to contain COVID-19.
• Covid Management Committees (CMC) at the Revenue Village level have been formed subsuming the earlier Ward Management Committees. These have the same membership structure as of the local Gaon Kalyan Samiti (GKS) and are headed by the Ward Members. The ASHA, Anganwadi Worker, SHG members, youth, representative of weaker sections are all members of Ward Management Committee.
• A special grant @ Rs. 10,000/- has been released to all GKS by the Government for use by the Covid Management Committees (CMC). The district and block level training of trainers is complete and the village level training of the CMC members is currently underway. A similar amount has been placed with the Ward Level Covid Management Committees constituted in NACs and Municipalities. They will discharge the same function as CMCs in Rural areas.
• The CMCs will take up intensive surveillance, ensuring adherence to home quarantine where necessary, awareness building on best practices and coordinating testing of all eligible cases as mandated by ICMR guidelines.
• Symptomatic cases when detected during door to door survey or where information has been received otherwise, will be moved to Covid Care Homes (CCH) on a temporary basis for testing and isolation. Each GP has a designated Covid Care Home with 10-12 beds which will be used to accommodate these cases.
• The Sarpanch and GP level nodal officer will be in charge of the same. Cuttack has a total of 373 such CCHs with a present bed capacity of 3490.
• Cuttack district is only receiving around 100 returning migrants daily as opposed to nearly one thousand who were coming back earlier during the peak.
• There are 66 Cluster TMCs (including 3 in ULBs, excluding Cuttack). Total bed capacity targeted is around 3000. Returnees will undergo their institutional quarantine in these TMCs before being released.
• A total of 191 Covid Warriors in the District have been found positive, including CMC area. Out of those only 43 active cases are there as on date.
• The strategy for the Lockdown Period is to further intensify door to door survey, identify and isolate SARI/ILI or similar cases over a period of 3-4 days in this week and test them all. The PRI members, BDOs, Tahsildars and IICs will play active role in facilitating the same.
• Covid Monitors have been appointed in all Government offices to ensure physical separation, sanitization and adherence to Covid norms. ADM is the nodal in-charge for the district. BDOs have been specifically tasked to ensure that frontline Covid warriors receive adequate safety equipment and follow Covid protocol while discharging their duties.
Smt. Ananya Das, Commissioner, CMC while analyzing Covid update of CMC area, said that in Government Hospitals OPD screening with physical distance and Antigen testing for IPD patients are being undertaken. Positive cases are shifted to Covid Hospitals or Covid Health Centres. Temporary OPDs are being set up to decentralize OPD from the main departments. She further added that door to door active surveillance by ASHAs and HWFs will be taken to saturation level during the Lock Down period.