Ahmedabad

Containing Covid: Aggressive surveillance, rapid antigen testing

Expanding its oversight, AMC will soon target industrial units in Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), which are industrial estates in Odhav and Naroda, with a focus on migrant laborers.

After devising a new strategy for almost a month, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched another surveillance campaign in addition to conducting aggressive antigen tests.

The campaign, which began last week to check super-spreaders, has increased its reach to hair-cutting salons, as part of the banks and employees of the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) has been opened. . Fines for not wearing masks in public places were increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500, while paan shops were fined Rs 10,000 if they were found to spit in public.



AMC has also aggressively begun conducting rapid antigen tests, although officials were not prepared to reveal the figures. In AMC’s monitoring and testing campaign, there are 400 teams dedicated to sample collection only. These are in addition to the 50 teams of 120 Dhanvantari Raths and 108 helplines.

Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Department, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, who is an officer of Special Duty (OSD) at AMC, said that more than 100 percent of the city’s population of around 70 lakh people was surveyed under the campaign.

Expanding its oversight, AMC will soon target industrial units in Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), which are industrial estates in Odhav and Naroda, with a focus on migrant laborers. AMC also plans that industries should pay a fee of Rs 400 to 500 per test.

Its home care service – Corona Ghar Seva (home service): Sanjeevani Van – was started on 6 July for asymptomatic patients, as cases in Ahmedabad spread to new areas in parts of the western city.

The tragedy of identifying a control zone for the guidelines to be followed for the residents – all have been revised from time to time since April 28 when the first containment zones were declared by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Shifting its strategy from closing entire wards to specific residential areas, including housing-SCs or apartments, the AMC now sees a concentration of 5 or more cases declaring micro-control zones. Although it is not guided by a definitive formula, the decision depends on the concentration of cases, a senior AMC official said.

“The prevalence of five or more cases in individual households is considered. This has not been decided as this control may be in the range of 50 m or 100 m depending on the concentration of cases. If five cases arise from there, then the entire residential society is kept under control. But if these five cases are of a family living in an apartment, then the floor of the apartment, one above it and below it is declared as micro residence area.

The AMC also signed with 42 private hospitals to keep half of the total number of their beds for Covid patients referred by the civic body, causing major caseloads to be moved to private hospitals. The AMC has started testing all passengers entering the city at the entry points from eight highways including Assali, Vadodara, Geeta Mandir, Jundal, Nana Chiloda, Sambhal.

Currently, the lockdown is reviewed after 14 days. Approximately 200 areas, including apartments or housing societies as well as entire or parts of slums, are under micro-control areas.

Movement in these micro-contribution zones is not completely restricted compared to before. Residents are allowed to move from 7 am to 7 pm for essential items. Earlier, the entire wards of the city (there are a total of 48 wards in the city) were placed under containment or red areas and marked on the city map uploaded on the official website of AMC. Initially the normal criteria of 100 cases or above from a ward was being followed to declare it a Red Zone.

Once the conference was declared, the entire ward was closed, barricaded with sheets of tin, a police picket outside which residents of the area involved would inevitably move out of or into the area. Was not allowed.

In the period from 28 April to 31 May, this strategy did not apply to other wards because despite the fact that there was a spike in the cases of other wards, they were not contained, especially in the western parts.

While there was no definite timeline as to when these wards were to be under control, AMC changed this strategy on 31 May with a revised list of micro content zones with ‘unlock 1.0’.

However, AMC completely covered the information on patients. By giving detailed information on the names of patients, their addresses, distribution in government and private hospitals or with Covid care centers, the flow of information is limited to the number of new cases only, discharged instead of indoor patients and deaths Number of patients. In addition, many times the list of micro-contribution zones contains incomplete information where the name of the apartment without the area or ward is indicated.

From government hospitals that have reached their maximum capacity in the last week of April, the situation worsened when officials shifted the capacity of hospitals, such as SVP hospitals operated by AMC, to Covid’s patient by private hospitals. Hai was bumped into private hospitals within two months.

With more than 60 private hospitals accumulating 50 percent of their capacity for AMC-referred patients and more recently home care provided by both private hospitals and AMC, the city’s government hospitals are currently less than a quarter of their capacity .

On July 9, out of about 3,300 beds in the six government hospitals of Covid, only 21 percent are occupied by 700 patients. At the same time, 2,005 patients are in 3,745 beds in private hospitals. Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital Asarwa has only 240 indoor patients, against its capacity of 1,200, the state’s largest Covid hospital, as many people have signed up in Ahmedabad for Ho-Me Care. The SVP Hose-Pital operated by AMC has only 270 indoor patients with a capacity of 1,000 beds.

A total of 24,164 cases have been registered in Ahmedabad, which is about half the case load of the entire state which is 48,374. Of these, 23,111 cases are from AMC areas and 1,053 are from district areas. 1,541 deaths have been recorded throughout the city and district. The AMC had 3,193 active cases on Sunday, with the highest number in the western parts of the city.

The average test in Ahmedabad city and district in June was 1,804 per day, with a total of 54,124 in the month. The average test in July was 1,760 as of July 18, with the month total being 28,168 so far.



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