BBMP chalks out master plan to survey senior vax beneficiaries | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: To ensure everyone has access to the vaccine, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has planned a door-to-door survey to register beneficiaries of the third phase of the drive — senior citizens and people above the age of 50 years with comorbidities.
The civic administration has roped in Asha workers, health officers, revenue officers and nursing college students for the survey.
“A total 4,146 Asha workers will be deputed across the 198 wards. Each ward will have 20 Asha workers and 10 other officers collecting data,” said B Vijendra, chief health officer. Each team will cover 50-60 houses per day and the data will be collated online. Authorities hope to complete the survey by the end of March.
A team comprising 1,000 workers will begin the survey on Monday, and will gradually pick up steam with all Asha workers and officials working on the ground by February 28.
Asked why another survey is being conducted when a similar one was conducted late last year, Vijendra said: “That survey was incomplete as details of some were missing and it did not include everyone. Also, this survey will be extensive and will include details of patients’ cardiac issues, renal conditions, cancer and immunity issues.”
A population registry will be created which will act as a master template to schedule vaccine jabs.
BBMP action plan meeting
Meanwhile, with Covid-19 cases rising in Bengaluru, BBMP commissioner Manjunatha Prasad held a review meeting with the agency’s health department on Friday to discuss measures to control the spread.
Three major issues were discussed — a survey of comorbid citizens, precautionary steps to prevent a surge and delay in reporting death cases by private hospitals. “One in 10 adults has Type 2 diabetes mellitus and one in three has hypertension, while urban poor are at the highest risk of NCD-related adversities,” Prasad said.
The focus will be on vaccinating urban poor as people from higher socio-economic status can register themselves and get inoculated, said a senior BBMP official.
“We are devising a systematic approach which will ease tracking of post-vaccination adverse effects,” said Prasad. “Bengaluru will be a global model on how to vaccinate vulnerable populations.”

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