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Thursday, 30 July 2020

WHO hails timely action in Bapu Dham Colony

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated the UT Administration for effectively controlling Covid-19 in Bapu Dham Colony.

Dr Srinivasan Selvamani, representative, WHO, called on UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore and presented his report on fight against Covid in Bapu Dham at the Punjab Raj Bhawan today.

Glitches

  • Containment zone and buffer zone demarcation not as per the Centre's guidelines
  • Daily screening of population not conducted
  • No provision for on-site sampling
  • Stratification of data of the positive cases and contacts not done for better understanding of the chain of transmission.

In the report, he appreciated the timely action of the Administration in containing the spread at Bapu Dham Colony. The WHO representative specifically appreciated strict perimeter control, setting up of rapid response teams and involvement of the Civil Defence as a part of the containment strategy.

The efforts of the UT Administration for aggressive contact tracing and quarantine of contacts were cited as a practice that could be imitated by other states and UTs.

Dr Selvamani appreciated the quick action of the Health Department in setting up a local dispensary, which was opened round the clock for screening the entire population. He appreciated the intensive sanitisation operation by the Municipal Corporation. The report praised Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar for involving volunteers to do counselling and motivation. They acted as a link between the community and the Administration.

The WHO representative appreciated the success of the Administration in ensuring regular supply of essential commodities, including milk and vegetables, on the doorstep. Another innovation was availability of mobile ATM vans and supply of medicines through Rogi Kalayan Samiti.

The efforts of the Municipal Corporation in garbage collection despite risk to the field staff were lauded. Community engagement and psycho-social support to the population in Bapu Dham Colony through social welfare experts, community radio and WhatsApp messages was also appreciated. The use of mass-communication media to spread awareness was a model for the entire country.

However, the WHO report also found some gaps in containment of the virus. The report stated that the demarcation of containment zone and buffer zone was not done as per the Centre's guidelines and as such, no delineation of activities could be conducted in these zones. The daily screening of population for active cases was not conducted and there was no provision for on-site sampling, stated the report. Stratification of data of the positive cases and contacts was not done for better understanding of the chain of transmission and guiding decision.



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