Based on inputs by Meeta kapoor
In a step that could prove decisive in UP’s battle with Corona, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to launch a mammoth door-to-door survey across 75 districts to screen and detect hidden cases for swift quarantine.
The state government will use its successful pulse polio campaign template to conduct the survey, which will kick off from Meerut division.
Health teams will identify vulnerable persons, including pregnant women, patients with co-morbid conditions like cancer, renal disease or diabetes, the elderly and children below 10 years of age.
The exercise is challenging due to state’s massive population of 23.15 crore. A similar exercise is to begin in Madhya Pradesh also however it has just 1/3rd the population as compared to UP.
Additional chief secretary Amit Mohan Prasad said “The drive will begin on July 1 from Meerut division and health officials will fan out to other districts from July 5”. Choosing Meerut to be the first was a natural choice. “Over 47% cases reported in past 24 hours are from Meerut division,” said Prasad. Meerut division is among the six districts that account for maximum covid cases in the state.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered setting up of one lakh teams to raise surveillance across the state. “Health teams would knock at every doorstep, the way they did during the polio exercise. We hope people will cooperate with them in their individual interest and for a larger social good,” said a senior surveillance team staff.
UP government has also decided to launch ‘crowd-sourcing of ideas’ to aid the ongoing battle against coronavirus. “Slated for launch on July 1, the campaign aims to gather unique ideas to curb the virus spread. Anyone in the state can share their idea in a one-minute video or a 150-word description and share with the health department. The best ideas will be rewarded,” said additional chief secretary health and family welfare Amit Mohan Prasad.