Odisha: BMC Starts Covid-19 Surveillance In Slums

Bhubaneswar:  The city authority expedited surveillance in the city. Attention is being given on slum areas. As per the instruction of Commissioner, BMC Prem Chandra Chaudhary slum level surveillance planned in first week of the month has already covered first round in all 67 wards of the capital city.

Child Development Project Officers(CDPO) have been engaged to manage the ward wise areas under respective Anganwadi Centres(AWC). Thus, a total no of 377 AWCs are covering 436 slum areas.

Anganwadis under CDPO-1 are119 and under CDPO -2 & CDPO-3 the number of AWCs are 122 and 156 respectively.

The surveillance has 450 workers to collect data and visit house holds (HH), they include Anganwadi workers (AWWs), ASHA karmis, Multi purpose Health Workers and Hospital managers. As of today the surveillance has covered 2,81,785 population in 436 slum areas under first round.

General question asked through a scientifically developed schedule are- address, head of the house hold, phone number, number of persons above 50 years and family size, any symptoms observed with any member of the family, co-morbity of any in the family, travel history of any members of the family.

The team has regular visit agenda at field level and they have contact with the families not under the surveillance but as unit of each AWCs.

Beneficiaries like Matru Committee and Janch Committees are in touch with the families and AWCs where information about a particular family is sought at any point of time and this surveillance is field level tool to go ahead for action required.

Any symptomatic cases found shall be reported immediately under the concerned health worker for testing and required service shell be provided.

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