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Maharashtra Forms a 7-Point Action Plan to Contain the Spread of Covid-19 | India News


PUNE: To verify the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra health department has drawn up a seven-point action plan, which includes close contact testing, rapid contact tracing, massive testing in hot spots and audit of deaths.
All district administrations have been ordered to act on these points immediately, according to a letter dated March 3 from the chief secretary of the health department, Dr. Pradeep Vyas.
The action plan also includes strict adherence to the guidelines on social, political and religious gatherings, and the participation of civil society and religious leaders to motivate people to adopt Covid-19-appropriate behavior.
Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra have been on the rise since the second week of February.
On Tuesday, the state reported 9,927 new Covid-19 cases that brought the number of cases to 22,38,398, while 56 deaths brought the death count to 52,556, according to official data.
The action plan was prepared following the observations of a team from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who recently visited Nagpur, Amravati, Yavatmal, Thane, Pune and Mumbai, where there has been an increase in cases of infection. viral.
In the letter sent to all district collectors and civic chiefs, Dr. Vyas said that although the core team submitted observations based on their visits to the districts mentioned above, a similar situation could be prevailing in other districts as well.
Therefore, all district administrations must act on these strategies, he said.
According to the letter, districts have been asked to activate institutional quarantine or isolation facilities, as there is no adequate mechanism to monitor patients in home isolation every day.
Authorities have been instructed that since a patient’s close contact test report is likely to be false negative if the person is in the incubation period, the test needs to be performed or repeated between the fifth and seventh day of the exhibition.
Until then, the person can remain in institutional quarantine, the letter said.
“Contact tracing has to be very fast and most of the patient’s close contacts must be traced within 48 hours,” the letter said.
The core team has also suggested that in Covid-19 hotspots, there could be universal testing of each and every person using a large number of rapid antigen tests, if sufficient RT-PCR testing capacity is not available. .
If necessary, these tests can be repeated after 14 days to eliminate hot spots, the letter said.
The authorities have also been asked to strengthen the death audit mechanism at the level of health institutions and medical schools to discover gaps in treatment protocols.
To control crowds, district administrations and civic bodies have been asked to scrupulously follow the guidelines for marriages and other social, political and religious gatherings.
They have also been asked to engage civil society and religious leaders to motivate people to adopt Covid-19 appropriate behavior.

Times of India