Tribune News Service
Mohali, September 26
With people not coming forward to get tested for Covid-19, the district administration has decided to reach out to them.
Confirming the same, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the administration had decided that a health team would go to people for aggressive testing, which was the need of the hour.
“If we identify positive cases early, we will be able to contain the Covid spread early too. However, despite best efforts and appeals at all levels, a limited number of people are coming forward for the Covid test. So, we have decided that if people don’t come to us, we’ll try to go to them,” he said.
On a pilot basis, a camp was organised at Ram Bhawan in Kharar here today. Dayalan said their idea of reaching out to people worked as a large number of people and local shopkeepers, along with their employees, came forward to give their samples for the rapid antigen test. Some of them even brought their families as well.
He said as many as 137 samples were taken by a team of doctors of the Civil Hospital, Kharar. The samples of five shopkeepers tested positive.
The DC said they would now try to hold more camps away from hospitals as the trial revealed that the very idea of going to a hospital made people worried as they apprehended that going in an area full of virus load might infect them. Manisha Rana, IAS officer under training, who coordinated with local residents and doctors to organise the camp and supervised the entire sampling process, said, “The DC’s idea to reach out to people has been a success.”
5 shopkeepers found +ve at Kharar camp
- On a pilot basis, a camp was held at Ram Bhawan in Kharar.
- Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the idea of reaching out to people worked as a large number of people and local shopkeepers, along with their employees, came forward to give their samples for the rapid antigen test.
- As many as 137 samples were taken by a team of doctors of the Civil Hospital, Kharar. The samples of five shopkeepers tested positive for Covid.
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