Wed. Jun 16th, 2021

Rajasthan: Increase testing and streamline contact tracing, suggest expertsJAIPUR: Centre’s team of experts, while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in Jaipur and Jodhpur, two worst-affected districts, suggested the state government to re-emphasise on contact tracing, containment (micro management) and intensifying testing and surveillance to contain the spread of the virus.

A meeting of health department officials with the team was held at the secretariat on Wednesday in which officials from Jodhpur interacted through video conferencing. In another meeting, the team met chief minister Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan: Increase testing and streamline contact tracing, suggest experts
Gehlot demanded that the Centre through Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) prepare a uniform Covid treatment protocol. “Different states are using different treatment protocols that infuse confusion among patients and doctors,” said Gehlot, while meeting the Centre’s team of experts.

The team appreciated the state government’s efforts in conducting tests through RT-PCR, distributing packets of masks and medicines at the doors of infected persons, free treatment to patients at government hospitals, development of infrastructure for oxygen supply and increasing bed capacity.

However, it suggested re-emphasis on certain strategies for preventing the spread of virus. “The team suggested us to intensify contact tracing, containment and testing. They backed micro containment,” said Siddhartha Mahajan, secretary (health).

“As far as testing is concerned, we have increased the daily number significantly over the past two months. Yesterday (Tuesday), we conducted 38,000 tests and in October we were doing 18,000 to 20,000 tests per day on an average. We will increase it further,” he said.

Jodhpur’s district collector Inderjeet Singh, too, made a presentation on the measures taken in Jodhpur for Covid management, prevention and control. “We have focused our efforts on awareness generation and regulation, aggressive surveillance through testing, developing and expanding treatment facilities, developing mechanism of grievance redressal including helpdesks and effective management of patients under home isolation. We have witnessed two waves – in September and November, but in both, we have not heard about any issues related to oxygen supply and crisis related to bed availability,” said Singh.

Besides, nineteen persons died, while 1,990 others tested positive in the state on Wednesday bringing its overall tally to 2,72,400. With 19 deaths, state’s toll rose to 2,350.

Districts which reported new cases are Jaipur (610), Jodhpur (218), Ajmer (195), Kota (155), Alwar (130), Bharatpur (96), Nagaur (88), Udaipur (76), Bhilwara (65), Bikaner (52), Pali (51), Bundi (27), Rajsamand (22), Dungarpur (22), Sikar (21), Sriganganagar (20), Barmer (21), Chittorgarh (18), Churu (15), Sirohi (11), Hanumangarh (10), Pratapgarh (10), Jaisalmer (9), Jalore (9), Baran (8), Jhalawar (6), Jhunjhunu (6), Dausa (6), Karauli (5), Tonk (3), Dholpur (2), Banswara (2) and Sawai Madhopur (1).

Two persons died in Jaipur taking its toll to 441, two died in Jodhpur taking its toll to 244, two died in Ajmer taking its toll to 190, with two deaths, Kota’s toll rose to 139.

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