TS declares war against Covid-19, Thermal screening for all at airport

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In view of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the recent Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) epidemic affecting 65 countries as International Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the Government of Telangana has initiated several surveillance and control measures against the disease, as per the national guidelines.

The state has embarked on creating special facilities at Military hospital, TB sanitorium Vikarabad and all teaching hospitals around Hyderabad wherein isolation and treatment wards have been created for Covid-19 suspects besides allocating 100 crore budget to meet the emergencies.

The Cabinet sub-committee which met at MCHRD Institute in Jubilee Hills on Tuesday following a positive case reported from Marredpally in the city has taken the following decisions.

  • Extensive awareness activities are to be carried out by setting up of Hoarding, advertising in print & electronic media, cinema halls, railway stations, bus stations and audio-visual aids
  • 104 is set to up as state COVID-19 Helpline 
  • Officers will be designated as Nodal Officers from 9 line Departments for inter-departmental coordination and implementation

Meanwhile, the Medical and Health Department took extra precautionary measures and taken complete Gandhi hospital premises into their control. The media centre in the premises was removed and mediamen were asked to await their daily bulletins.

They said over 18224 travellers were screened at the Shamshabad Airport. Out of 445 passengers, 100 passengers completed 28days observation, along with One Positive patient 36 other suspects got admitted at Gandhi Hospital and remaining 408 are under home quarantine for 28 days.

So far, with regard to the Positive patient 86 Contacts have been successfully traced out and kept under Surveillance. Till now, 155 samples have been taken from passengers and 118 found negative, One Positive and remaining 36 suspects results are awaited. The health status of the suspects who are under observation at home and hospitals are stable, the bulletin said.

Preventive measures:

The public is further advised to adhere to health advisories issued by the Government from time to time. The public should follow the cough etiquette by covering the face using a handkerchief, towel while sneezing or coughing. Do frequent handwashing with soap and water. Those who have arrived from the coronavirus affected countries should remain under strict home isolation for 28 days from the date of arrival in India, irrespective of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic. 

Universal Thermal Screening:

It has now been decided, In view of community spread of the disease, to expand the Universal screening to all the passengers coming in flights directly from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal, Iran and Italy besides the flights from China and Hongkong. 

State control room

Further, the State has strengthened the Surveillance and Control measures against the disease. State Helpline 040-24651119 is functional, 721 calls received as on date, the note added.