Raipur: Health minister TS Singh Deo reviewed the preparedness in the state for its rapid detection and prevention in view of the new variant Omicron of the corona virus. He directed for strict monitoring of those who reached Chhattisgarh after traveling to other countries and made elaborate arrangements for screening and necessary investigations.
He asked to increase the number of sample tests daily besides directing to expedite the corona vaccination. He asked to keep a tight-knit arrangement in all the hospitals while maintaining proper equipment and machines.
Heath department principal secretary Dr Alok Shukla said that detailed guidelines have been given to all the collectors for quick identification and prevention of new variants. As per the guidelines of the central government, setting up of help desks at all the three airports of the state including Raipur, Bilaspur, and Jagdalpur, taking information related to the screening of those coming from abroad, Covid-19 test report, vaccination, quarantine after coming to India and corona symptoms are being done. Accordingly, necessary action has been asked to be taken. Instructions have been given to take information about the people coming from foreign countries on a daily basis in coordination with the State Surveillance Unit of the Health Department.
Shukla said that such persons who have not completed their seven-day quarantine period after coming to India, collectors have also been directed to ensure that the seven-day home quarantine is followed. On the eighth day of these people get the RTPCR test done and sending samples for Whole Genome Sequencing if positive.
For the identification and monitoring of new variants, at least five per cent of the samples that come positive in the RTPCR test daily to every district are sent to WGS. He informed that all the districts have been directed to speed up the corona vaccination and achieve 100% target as soon as possible and ensure strict adherence to the COVID Appropriate Behavior.