BMC to increase contact tracing with COVID surge
   Date :24-Sep-2021

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Staff Reporter :
In light of sudden surge in COVID cases across district and anticipating the third wave of pandemic, the Bhilai Municipal Corporation has deiced to increase contact tracing and accelerate the random testing drive in city. The civic authority has decided to accelerate the door-to-door surveillance for the screening of COVID-19 and has formed ward-wise teams, armed with thermal guns to carryout door-to-door surveys on daily basis to identify potential COVID-19 patients. The civic authority to undertake drive for rapid antigen test on BMC staffers, traders, vendors etc for expediting measures to conduct more tests and to detect more COVID-19 cases. Under the drive for tackling COVID-19 spread in city, the civic authority to commence door-to-door screening of residents, for checking symptoms associated with the infection. Moreover, it also allows patients to get tested at home without taking the risk to step out as the mobile ambulance facility has been pressed into service to carry out door-to-door screening of residents, check for fever and other symptoms, co-morbidities, and collect swabs.
The health official from BMC said that the department has decided to launch door-to-door visits as a measure to tackle Covid-19 and create awareness about COVID along with increasing rapid antigen tests (RAT) for early detection of COVID-19 patients in the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and for strengthening the campaign for COVID-19 test. In addition, zone wise nodal officers has been appointed to collect information and data of outsiders, who came from out of district or state or other places in BMC wards in the last couple of weeks. P C Sarva, PRO has said that the civic authority has chalk out strategy to intensify vaccination and sanitation drive as part of preparation for third wave. Recently a review meeting was convened with zonal officers, health officials and nodal officers on the coronavirus situation, where the enforcement officials of BMC have been strictly directed to resume taking action against people not wearing masks and reluctant to obey social distancing in public places.