The impact of COVID-19 has been massive on countries across the world. India is no different, however, due to the proactive approach of the Centre, States and the local governments, the situation is somewhat better in the country. A bold move by the Government of India to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 is the implementation of a nationwide lockdown. Considering the outbreak of Coronavirus in the Indian subcontinent, the pandemic has affected not only the urban areas but the rural areas as well. To fight the pandemic the authorities are taking effective preventive measures, ensuring social distancing is being practised strictly across the nation, using technology to monitor the situation and respond to emergencies.
Speaking on the initiatives taken by the Mandsaur district authorities to fight the pandemic, Rishav Gupta, IAS, Additional Collector and CEO, Zila Panchayat, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh joined in a webinar hosted by Dr Ravi Gupta, Founder and CEO, Elets Technomedia.
Addressing the webinar, Rishav began by saying, “Till today we have received nine COVID-19 positive cases in Mandsaur district. Of the total, seven cases are from the urban areas and two cases are from the rural areas.
Talking on the strategy adopted for fighting the pandemic, Rishav said, the district authorities in Mandsaur adopted a two-phased strategy. The first phase focused on prevention and control, whereas, the second phase was aimed at providing proper treatment to those tested positive of the viral disease.
Detailing onto the strategy and its execution, Rishav said, “We conducted door-to-door surveys to identify people who have symptoms or are have travel history is suspected to be infected. Moreover, the survey also aimed at tracing of those who came in contact with the infected people.” While taking up the surveys, social distancing, masks and other necessary preventive measures were taken care of. Also, there is a dedicated team to conduct the door-to-door survey and collect samples if needed to identify all the corona affected persons, he added.
Describing the dynamics of the strategy implementation, Rishav said that as the implementation protocol is changing on a daily basis, it becomes important that the data is regularly maintained. “We have deployed a team of 30 officials to take care of the data management”, he added.
When questioned about the supply of essential commodities, Rishav told the attendees that a separate team has been deployed to answer to the people’s needs in terms of vegetables, fruits, groceries and other essential commodities. “Our separate team is working for the cause and we are ensuring that all the needs of the people are being met and the essentials are being delivered to their doorstep in time”, he added.
Speaking on the healthcare facilities, workers and their preparedness in combating the viral pandemic, Rishav said, “We categorised the hospitals into three categories. One for quarantine purposes, second for testing and third for isolation of those found positive and their proper treatment.” The hospitals are equipped with necessary facilities like ventilators, PPEs, bio-medical waste management, ventilator management and more, added Rishav.
Detailing about the healthcare centres and quarantine facilities, he said, there are 12 quarantine centres set up by the authorities. “We are strictly following the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)”, he added.
At the quarantine centres, there is a single point entry and exit. From the past many days the authorities have been actively involved in contact tracing of those found positive of the viral infection, said Rishav.
Addressing the issue of those people who needs medical attention but are corona positive, Rishav said, “We are also taking care of the patients who are infected from other diseases and we have a backup team ready for that.”
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Concluding his address, Rishav said, “I would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, other medical staff, police personnel and also those who are working on the ground to fight the pandemic, ensuring no citizen gets infected and also are involved in supplying food and other essentials to the needy.”