Coronavirus in Karnataka: Dakshina Kannada to rope in school, college teachers for health surveillance | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Even as surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths continue, Dakshina Kannada district administration plans to rope in school and college teachers for an aggressive health surveillance programme to be launched exclusively for vulnerable persons in the district.
Deputy commissioner Dr K V Rajendra said that a survey in this regard has already been conducted in each gram panchayat in the district.
“The survey has collected information of all children below 10 years, pregnant women and elderly persons and those who have various illnesses in the district. In addition to Asha and anganwadi workers, we also have plans to rope in school teachers, PU, degree lecturers and educated persons below 40 years in villages so that they will be monitoring the health of those vulnerable persons. Some may not know whether they have blood pressure and diabetes. We have already held a meeting of health department officials in this regard on Thursday. More emphasis will be given for continuous monitoring of vulnerable persons and ensure that they take medicines regularly,” the DC said.
Communication in this regard will be sent to the deputy director of public instructions, BEOs and other officials concerned. All facilities will be made to shift vulnerable persons in case of any complications arise in their health parameters so that the fatalities can be avoided, he said.
In addition, surveillance activities will be intensified to find out the source of infection and provide them proper treatment. We have already formed task forces in gram panchayat and ward levels in the district. Meanwhile, doctors above 50 years, who are not frontline Covid warriors, will be training task force members to monitor health of people, identify patients, shift them to hospitals and manage containment zones.
Strategy has been made to increase the medical facilities in hospitals in the district. The government has already sent 40 ventilators. Meanwhile, corporate companies also have been donating ventilators under CSR activities. In addition, more oxygen supply will be ensured in wards through pipe networks or cylinders. Our ultimate aim is to reduce the number of deaths through effective capacity building, he added.

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