2,600 cops examined under Covid-19 screening drive in Hoshiarpur

2,600 cops examined under Covid-19 screening drive in Hoshiarpur

SMO Lakhvir Singh screens a cop at the Model Town police station during a drive in Hoshiarpur. Tribune Photo

Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi

Hoshiarpur, April 8

Around 2,600 police personnel have been screened as part of a campaign launched by the district police. The campaign has been launched to keep a track on their health and check the spread of Covid-19 among them.

The policemen were examined at screening posts established at various police lines. Mobile team led by SMO Dr Lakhvir Singh also goes from various police stations to police posts and conducts check-ups of police personnel stationed there. Screening of about 2,600 police personnel has been done, so far, including 1,500 employees who have been checked at screening posts at police lines, while around 1,100 personnel have been screened at various police stations and checkpoints.

Talking to The Tribune, District Police Hospital SMO Dr Lakhvir Singh said, “On the instructions of SSP Gaurav Garg, the campaign was started 11 days ago. Under the campaign, police personnel deployed on night shift duty were screened first and now those on day shifts are being screened. On Wednesday, 110 people were investigated, including those of Model Town police station, Shamchurasi and Nasrala police posts.” He said during this period, physical examination of police personnel, including investigation for nasal discharge, eye discharge, cough, chest, BP, sugar, etc are done. Also they are being given tips on prevention of Covid-19 infection, he said.

Dr Lakhvir said during the screening, seven police personnel who had returned from abroad and those who were on duty at Hola Mohalla were quarantined. “They have all completed their quarantine period and have been sent on duty after being found healthy during the check-up,” he said. Dr Lakhvir said the Jalandhar Police Range had setup an isolation centre for police personnel in Kapurthala, where he goes for duty every fifth day.

He said the spread of the Covid-19 virus is caused by droplet infection through coughing and sneezing or contamination by infected surfaces. He said people must repeatedly wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds and avoid touching face, hands, nose, eyes and exposed surfaces while outside. “Use face masks only when necessary and change the disposable mask timely. Wash reusable mask thoroughly and make sure that the surface of the mask is not touched by hands,” said Dr Lakhvir.

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