CM Yogi instructs revival of surveillance committees to prevent vector-borne diseases also
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued directives to reactivate them in view of rising cases of infections in other states.
Lucknow, The 'surveillance committees' constituted by the Yogi government to bring down the spread of coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh will be revived to also check the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, cholera, diarrhoea and malaria in the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
To ensure proper surveillance through the surveillance committees that played a vital role in timely identification, isolation of Covid patients and distribution of medicine kits, thereby controlling the spread in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued directives to reactivate them in view of rising cases of infections in other states.
In pursuance of the directives of the Chief Minister, over 73,000 surveillance committees will pay door-to-door visits and will conduct thorough screening and tracing of every individual. The surveillance exercise will be carried out rigorously in view of the festive season which may result in increased transmission of diseases and illnesses.
Apart from making all necessary arrangements in the hospitals for the treatment of ailing people, the government has also ordered to ensure continuous monitoring of the health of every patient to remove any chance of increased transmission of the virus or any water-borne, vector-borne diseases.
The authorities have also been asked to continue the extensive cleanliness, sanitization and fogging drives to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Aiming to break the chain of coronavirus, the Yogi government had deployed around 73,000 Surveillance committees. House to house visits were undertaken in a mammoth drive in over 90,000 villages of UP to identify and isolate COVID+ve citizens and trace contacts. The effort was also lauded by the World Health Organization and the NITI Aayog.
The surveillance committees operating both in urban and rural areas had played a vital role in the process of timely identification, isolation and treatment of people showing mild symptoms which stopped any further spread. Through these committees, screening of more than 18 crore people was completed in the state.
Month-long campaign to keep a check on seasonal vagaries
Earlier, on Oct 19, CM Yogi had launched a month-long State-wide communicable disease control drive to keep a check on seasonal vagaries. The campaign has been rolled out in all 75 districts to educate the public about measures to prevent communicable diseases.
Under this campaign, the health workers are paying door-to-door visits to identify patients with viral fever, vector-borne diseases and other symptoms. People are also being made aware to avoid mosquito gatherings near their homes, keep cleanliness, and fight infectious diseases.
In this regard, the government has ordered inter-departmental coordination to make the campaign successful.
It is noteworthy that the Lekhpals, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and village heads have been entrusted with the responsibility to apprise the rural populace about various water-borne and vector-borne diseases and control their spread.