New Delhi: Amid the increase in Kovid-19 cases in villages, the Center on Sunday released a set of new guidelines to tackle the corona virus at the village level, focusing on monitoring, screening, home isolation and health infrastructure planning among other measures. Was concentrated.
The Union Health Ministry said that small cities, rural and tribal areas are also witnessing a gradual increase in Kovid-19.
In its guidelines, the Ministry stated that strengthening the primary level health infrastructure at all levels, enabling communities to accelerate the COVID-19 response in small urban, rural and tribal areas while continuing to provide other essential health services is required.
Further stated that it is important to ensure that community-based services and primary level health infrastructure in these areas are equipped and oriented to manage COVID-19 cases. The ministry said, “Primary health facilities and health facilities in the private sector in these areas play an important role in delivering health services to the population.”
Active surveillance in every village
The Ministry further stated that in every village, active monitoring for influenza-like illness / severe acute respiratory infection (ILI / SARI) should be done from time to time with the help of the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC).
It also directed the Community Health Officer (CHO) to determine the severity of infection by teleconsultation and to recommend cases of comorbidity and low oxygen in higher centers. It further stated that CHOs should be trained to perform Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) and kits should be made in all public health facilities.
The ministry stated in the guidelines, “These patients should be counseled to isolate themselves until test results are available. Exposure of COVID patients over 15 minutes without a mask without high risk valves (within a distance of 6 feet) ) Should be advised to quarantine and be tested according to the ICMR protocol. ”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the COVID-19 situation on Saturday, calling for a focus on door-to-door testing and monitoring to increase health care resources in rural areas. He further said that guidelines should be provided in easy language along with illustrations for home isolation and treatment in rural areas.
The Prime Minister also directed that a distribution plan should be prepared to ensure oxygen supply in rural areas, including the provision of oxygen concentrations.