Vijaywada: Andhra Pradesh government's door-to-door campaign has traced close to 10,000 foreign returnees.Field survey found most of them had traveled to COVID-19 hit countries.
As part of the prevention measures adapted to fight Coronavirus in the state, AP government pressed in 2.5 lakh volunteers, each with the responsibility of screening 50 households. So far, A total of 1,38,58,747 households have been checked out of the registered 1,43,91,654 households in the state.
The examination traced 10,000 foreign returnees and the same has been informed to the government. According to the officials, Out of 10,000 returnees identified, 140 have shown symptoms while the remaining 9,860 have been asymptomatic. The cut off date to track foreign returnees has been set on the 10th of February 2020.
'Apart from tracking the foreign returnees, the volunteers are informed to spreading awareness about the Do's and Donts to members of the household. The government aims to reach every household in the state through this campaign. Besides the foreign returnees, the survey to also checks on citizens with no travel history.
Through this, the government has been able to identify people whose details aren't mentioned in the GOI records and those who intentionally hide their travel history' said an officials serving in the AP government.
1. Each volunteer has been given a responsibility to check 50 households.
2. If there are any symptomatic persons or foreign returnees in these 50 households, the volunteers should make an entry in a mobile application given to them.
3. These entries directly are monitored by the district health authorities and primary health care centres.
4. Depending on the need of the specific case, health teams are reached the spot and appropriate action is taken.