Amaravati, June 22: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed the officials to conduct comprehensive screening and tests covering all households within 90 days and use the 104 ambulance service for the purpose.
During a review meeting on containing the spread of COVID-19 situation here on Monday, the Chief Minister told the officials to ensure screening of every family in the state by 90 days and take samples wherever necessary. People suffering with diabetes, BP and other chronic ailments should also be addressed to and the 104 ambulances should carry adequate equipment and medicines.
For urban areas a separate strategy should be adopted, and urban health clinics should be planned and they should be fully equipped with medical staff, the Chief Minister said. The officials said that as of now more than 24,000 tests are being conducted per day. Preference is given for testing people who are above 60 years and people above 40 years who are suffering with chronic ailments. The mortality rate has been on the slide, officials said.
Preference is being given to those residing in containment zones and high risk areas. In the industrial, trade centres, temples, market yards and other categories the tests are carried out randomly, they said and explained about truck drivers coming from other places and spread of virus.
The Chief Minister said that awareness should be created and the stigma factor should be removed among people at ground level and a local protocol should be prepared. Hoardings should be erected to this effect. One 104 vehicle should be available per mandal and the team should carry with it ANMs, Asha workers and Village volunteers. The procedure and details of whom to approach in case of any doubt on Corona should be displayed at all village secretariats. With the onset of monsoon, the Health Department should be prepared to meet all contingencies, he said.
The medical data of the patient should be encrypted in a health card with QR code so that the chip in the medial card will store the entire medical data of patients who need to carry the reports physically. Of the 1.42 crore health cards about 1.20 cards were distributed and the rest will be distributed soon, the officials said.
Deputy Chief Minister and Medical and Health Minister Alla Nani, Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, DGP Goutham Sawang, Medical and Health Special Chief Secretary KS Jawahar Reddy and other officials were at the review meeting.