Vijayawada: Covid curve seems to be flattening in Andhra Pradesh after recovery rate crossed 99 percent.
The recovery rate in the state presently stands at 99.04 % with just 1357 active cases. It is important to note that the cumulative positivity rate stands at just 6.86 % despite the state topping the tests/million charts for over 6 months. Over the last 24 hours, a total of 172 fresh cases and 1 casualty have been reported.
When it comes to the month of January, the mortality rate of the state stands at just 0.44 %. The cumulative mortality rate remains at 0.81 %. Out of 1357 actives cases, 444 are being treated at various hospitals across the state while the rest have been placed in-home quarantine.
Of the 243 Covid hospitals, only 69 are operational given the steep decline in the number of cases needing hospitalization. It is important to note that these 69 hospitals have a total bed capacity of 19,000 and that the rest of the hospitals continue to remain on standby to meet any exigency.
Arogya Mitras to become the backbone of the state's primary healthcare system
Andhra Pradesh government has come up with 'Arogya Mitras', a unique referral system aimed to make quality healthcare accessible to the people living in the remotest areas.
The state presently boasts of a strong network of 21,276 Arogya Mitras. While 19,276 of them are in the respective Village/Ward secretariats, the rest have been deployed at various network hospitals across the state. Upon receiving a request from a patient, the Arogya Mitra will be responsible for speaking to the Medical Officer and referring the patient to the correct hospital.
Apart from doing the same, they have also been instructed to speak to the Arogya Mitra deployed in that particular hospital in order to inform them about the arrival of the patient in question. Every single day thereafter, the patient would be receiving a call from the Arogya Mitra for the purpose of collecting feedback. Upon being discharged from the hospital, receiving the Arogya Asara money, the Arogya Mitra will be visiting the patient to record the feedback of the patient once again.
The network would ensure a smooth transition by hand-holding the citizens wherever necessary. This also weeds out the problem of lack of information or lack of checks, something that has haunted the country's public health system since its inception.