Ludhiana: As the number of Covid cases increases in Ludhiana, health department officials are facing contact tracing issues. Authorities have asked them to double down on contact tracing of positive patients.
Health department sources said: ‘Although the case-to-contact ratio is expected to be over 1:10, it is currently around 1:5 or 1:6. It is important to scale it up, so that positive cases are not missed as such cases infect more people. civilian surgeon Dr. SP Singh confirmed that contact tracing in the district is around 1:5 and 1:6. He added that they plan to double that to 1:10 to 1:12 in the next few days.
A senior health department official said: “Previously we had a team in various areas for contact tracing. We held a videoconference with the affected officers around Friday and increased the teams in each area to two or three. »
Officials said contact tracing was being increased in nine urban areas (which are classified as zones) and 10 outlying areas (labeled as blocks). “There are instances where contacts of positive patients do not come forward for testing and hide the fact that they have symptoms. This prevents contact tracing,” a source told the health department.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Rajesh Bhaskar says while there are approximately seven to eight contacts for each case that are being sought in the state, the number is lower than Ludhiana. He added that the local health department was increasing contact tracing.
He added that SAS Nagar (Mohali) has the highest contact tracing in the state at around 1:15 and Patiala’s value is around 1:12. According to the last ICMR guidelines, they should only test contacts of positive patients who are symptomatic.
Experts said contact tracing should be strengthened.
“At the moment I don’t see a lot of contact tracing here. Not all households where cases come from are verified. It is also the responsibility of family members of positive patients to get tested, because there are has reports that many of them are not showing up for testing.If an infected person who has a family member who has had Covid does not get tested, they will continue to meet people and this can spread the disease So we are reporting fewer cases and there is a need to increase contact tracing,” said Ludhiana IMA President Dr. Bimal Kanish.
“Contact tracing is important at this stage. Families should take precautions to protect their vulnerable members who have comorbidities. There are patients who have higher viral loads and they can infect more,” said epidemiologist Dr Clarence Samuel, deputy director of CMCH.