Do full contact tracing, keep CCCs ready, health secretary tells collectors

A leaflet detailing the do’s and don’ts of home isolation is among the suggested measures

A leaflet detailing the do’s and don’ts of home isolation is among the suggested measures

Health Secretary P. Senthilkumar on Saturday stressed the need to carry out comprehensive contact tracing and contact saturation testing of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and to keep COVID-19 care centers 19 (CCC) loans in accordance with the emerging trend of cases.

In a letter to all collectors, he highlighted the rising number of cases in various states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi. Similar to the national trend, Tamil Nadu is also reporting an increase in positive cases, from a low of 22 to over 500 now.

As of June 17, Chennai and Chengalpattu have reported over 100 cases, two districts have reported over 30 cases, two districts between 11 and 20, 23 districts between one and 10 cases. Nine districts have reported no cases.

Considering the rise, he asked officials to resume a number of activities. As the majority of those who tested positive had mild to moderate symptoms and were in home isolation, a leaflet detailing the do’s and don’ts of home isolation should be provided. In case of mild infection, a strip of paracetamol, vitamin C and zinc tablets can be administered. Patients should be followed up with daily phone calls. This practice which was followed earlier in all districts should be revived, he said.

People without adequate facilities for home isolation could be accommodated in CCCs and interim CCCs. These centers could be opened or kept ready depending on the emerging trend of cases. About 50 to 100 beds have been reserved for COVID-19 in all medical college hospitals and district headquarters hospitals. These beds could be used to treat seriously ill and high-risk people.

National Urban Livelihoods Mission domestic livestock workers/monitors/contract workers from rural local agencies could be used for fever surveillance. Fever camps could be organized in places that have reported cases.

Nearly 14 lakh vaccine doses were administered during the last mega camp. However, on normal days, only about 50,000 doses have been given and the number should be increased, he said. Adequate stocks of personal protective equipment, triple-layer masks and essential medicines should be kept in facilities.

COVID-19-appropriate behavior—wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, and hand hygiene—should be emphasized in educational institutions, wedding venues, movie theaters, and showrooms. textiles, he said.