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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The fact that the first three confirmed cases of new coronaviruses (nCoV) are from Kerala is actually an indication of how “healthy” is the state’s first line of defense against contagious diseases and epidemics. From immigration officials and police to panchayats and local health volunteers, the system established after the 2018 Nipah scare, which claimed 17 lives in the state due to lack of initial preparation, has several levels and is perfectly integrated .

Shortly after the nCoV epidemic was reported in China, international passengers who arrived in the state received a health card in which they had to list the details of the trip and their state of health. “This card is examined at the first point of entry by the health desk and the passenger must obtain an authorization stamp to proceed with immigration. If the passenger is from China or Hong Kong or other infected regions, he is transferred to a transit room where his body temperature is immediately measured, ” said Dr. Amar Fettle, a state nodal officer (public emergency), currently In charge of the anti-nCoV effort in the state.



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A well-coordinated system ensured that all who arrived in the state from China in the last four weeks were located and examined by medical professionals. The state has also issued home treatment and isolation protocols so that there is an adequate preventive mechanism everywhere. In addition, there has been a campaign of generalized awareness aimed at the general public, and the authorities have been quick to take strong measures against rumors or false news about the epidemic.

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According to statistics published Monday night, 2,239 people are under surveillance; 84 of them in several hospitals. Although there is concern that some of them may become positive, the health department is confident that the spread of the virus is under control.

Health Minister K K Shailaja said that the key to controlling the spread of epidemics is to locate everyone who came from the affected regions. “Our surveillance system has been adjusted with the experience gained from such threats faced in the past. Since we could locate all people traveling from infected regions, we could easily identify those who have the mildest symptoms,” he said. “We are receiving several inquiries from other states about how we are addressing the crisis and we are happy to share the protocols with them,” he added.

The five airports in the state have been linked to ambulances and emergency response in district hospitals. Any passenger who has a fever, cough or sore throat is immediately transferred to the linked hospital and from there a message is passed to the district medical office. This office immediately contacts the person’s relatives and reports on the passenger’s isolation. “If travelers have no symptoms, they are allowed to go home. But they will continue to be monitored by health teams in the region, ”said Dr. Fettle.

Passengers arriving at domestic terminals are also subject to health service scrutiny before leaving. “The only reason for concern for us was the people who travel to the state after landing at different airports outside the state. But we are glad that many of them have voluntarily come to inform the nearest health center, “Shailaja said.

As the nCoV threat was coming, the health department decided to locate all those who had traveled from China since December of the first week. “I was surprised to receive a call from the police station asking about the details of my trip. As soon as I told them that I traveled from China on December 10, the policeman asked me to visit the nearest health center. He even suggested that health workers come to my house if I have any objection to visit the hospital, ”said a businessman who frequents China to buy electronic products.

“We have a well-coordinated health care system at the primary level. This helped provide the best surveillance results when the state faced Nipah’s threat. We could quarantine people in the affected areas without the disease spreading further. This was possible only with the sincere effort of health workers at the field level, “said Dr. B Ekbal, a member of the state planning board. Shortly after the nCoV epidemic was reported in China, international passengers who arrived in the state received a health card in which they have to list the details of the trip and their health status. “This card is examined at the first point of entry by the health desk and the passenger must obtain an authorization stamp to proceed with immigration.If the passenger is from China or Hong Kong or other infected regions, he is transferred to a transit room where his body temperature is immediately measured, ” said Dr. Amar Fettle, a state nodal state official (public emergency), currently in charge of the anti-nCoV effort in the state.

A well-coordinated system ensured that all who arrived in the state from China in the last four weeks were located and examined by medical professionals. The state has also issued home treatment and isolation protocols so that there is an adequate preventive mechanism everywhere. In addition, there has been a general awareness campaign aimed at the general public, and the authorities have been quick to take strong action against rumors or false news about the epidemic.

According to statistics published Monday night, 2,239 people are under surveillance; 84 of them in several hospitals. Although there is concern that some of them may become positive, the health department is confident that the spread of the virus is under control.

Health Minister K K Shailaja said that the key to controlling the spread of epidemics is to locate everyone who came from the affected regions. “Our surveillance system has been adjusted with the experience gained from such threats faced in the past. Since we could locate all people traveling from infected regions, we could easily identify those who have the mildest symptoms,” he said. “We are receiving several inquiries from other states about how we are addressing the crisis and we are happy to share the protocols with them,” he added.

The five airports in the state have been linked to ambulances and emergency response in district hospitals. Any passenger who has a fever, cough or sore throat is immediately transferred to the linked hospital and from there a message is passed to the district medical office. This office immediately contacts the person’s relatives and reports on the passenger’s isolation. “If travelers have no symptoms, they are allowed to go home. But they will continue to be monitored by health teams in the region, ”said Dr. Fettle.

Passengers arriving at domestic terminals are also subject to health service scrutiny before leaving. “The only reason for concern for us was the people who travel to the state after landing at different airports outside the state. But we are glad that many of them have voluntarily come to inform the nearest health center, “Shailaja said.

As the nCoV threat was approaching, the health department decided to locate all those who had traveled from China since December of the first week. “I was surprised to receive a call from the police station asking about the details of my trip. As soon as I told them that I traveled from China on December 10, the policeman asked me to visit the nearest health center. He even suggested that health workers come to my house if I have any objection to visit the hospital, ”said a businessman who frequents China to buy electronic products.

“We have a well-coordinated health care system at the primary level. This helped provide the best surveillance results when the state faced Nipah’s threat. We could quarantine people in the affected areas without the disease spreading further. This was possible only with the sincere effort of health workers at the field level, ”said Dr. B Ekbal, a member of the state planning board.

Times of India

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