DCs chalk out plans to curb virus spread in rural belt in Jalandhar

DCs chalk out plans to curb virus spread in rural belt in Jalandhar

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 18

Two days after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced a unique Covid Fateh programme under the ‘Corona Mukt Pind Abhiyaan’ to tackle the worrying spread of the pandemic in rural areas, various districts have started adopting measures to control the transmission of virus.

Like other districts, Nawanshar has also seen a rise in number of infections in the villages. For this, the DC has initiated various steps to curb the spread. Nawanshahr DC Dr Shena Aggarwal said as compared to the previous wave, the number of cases reported in villages are more.

“Mobile teams have been constituted for a successful vaccination drive,” she said, adding that awareness was also being created among the villagers. “Announcements are also being made from gurdwaras and other religious places,” she said.

The Jalandhar DC today said an intensive sensitisation drive in villages was the need of the hour to curb the spread of the pandemic by educating rural folks about the symptoms and importance of testing and treatment at the initial stage of infection. He directed the officials to engage sarpanches, panches, school teachers, anganwadi workers, Asha workers, volunteers of the National Service Scheme, village-level youth clubs and red-ribbon clubs in this battle against the pandemic.

The DC said as per medical experts, delayed reporting by patients in rural areas was a cause for concern; however, early testing can change the scenario by enabling authorities to initiate treatment of positive patients within stipulated time-frame.

The officer stated that the campaign would help identify the cases at the primary stage and break the transmission chain by isolating infected persons before he/she transmits the virus to other persons. He said these joint teams of volunteers would act as ambassadors for carrying forward the message of early testing and treatment besides, vaccination of eligible beneficiaries.

The DC said these teams could play a significant role in the drive as only awareness can help in keeping the pandemic under check.

In Kapurthala, DC Deepti Uppal too has chalked out a comprehensive plan, under which every house in the village would be reached to create awareness about Covid.

She made an appeal to the villagers to set up “theekri pahras” on the entrances to the villages to check the entrance of any Covid-affected outsiders into the village.

She also said boards displaying emergency contacts and awareness information would also be set up at common places in villages.

Mobile teams formed for vax drive

  • Mobile teams have been constituted for a successful vaccination drive and announcements are also being made from gurdwaras and other religious places in Nawanshahr
  • The Jalandhar DC has directed officials to engage sarpanches, teachers, anganwadi workers, Asha workers, village-level youth clubs and red-ribbon clubs in this battle against the pandemic
  • In Kapurthala, every house in the village will be reached to create awareness. The DC said boards displaying emergency contacts and awareness information would also be set up at common places in villages

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