GOALPARA, March 19 - The Goalpara district administration has stepped up vigilance across�the district against�the backdrop of�growing concerns of COVID-19.
Talking to this correspondent, Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka said that the district administration has taken a slew of initiatives to create awareness among the masses through hoardings, posters, leaflets, and communication materials. She informed that a sensitisation programme in checking the spread of an outbreak COVID-19 was organised at the conference hall of the Goalpara Civil Hospital.
Deka further informed that another separate meeting was organised by the district health society� at the DC office conference hall involving the officials of the Health department. She also informed that a control room has been set up by incorporating an�epidemiologist�and the district data manager under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (ISDP) for�strengthening�the disease�surveillance�system in the district.
Further, the DC said that activities like sanitization�of public places, markets, bus stands and various offices, screening of bus passengers have been carried out.
Meanwhile, Joint Director, Health and Family�Welfare, Goalpara, Dr Nilmadhab Das informed that a state-level workshop�with live streaming on COVID-19 management�under NHM to reach out to the district level health workers besides at various Blocks, sectoral level, sub-centres and ASHA-level workers in the district.
He also informed that a quarantine facility has been put in place at the Goalpara Civil Hospital. In this context, he, however, informed that the tests of the suspected patients�have to be carried out in Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
Adequate surveillance, use of masks in public, maintaining basic hygiene besides using of sanitisers are some of the awareness activities taken up� by the Health Department, Dr Das added.
Eminent social worker and chairman of Red Cross, district branch Sailen Das said that there is an urgent need to sanitize all the public places on a regular basis and closing down of unauthorized chicken, mutton and fish stalls. He emphasised that the onus is also on the members of public to be aware and to take all the preventive measures to prevent any outbreak of the virus in the district.