Track, Test, Treat: ASHA Workers Lead Covid Fight In Assam Villages
In Assam’s Jimirigaon village, Asha employee Kanika Rabha and nurse Rashmi Kachari are going door-to-door screening over 400 residents for Covid signs.
They additionally monitor people who find themselves in dwelling isolation and examine their oxygen ranges twice a day.
“When the first case was found in the villages we got terrified. Even now we are worried, but we have to win over Covid and protect the village from it, that’s why we are doing this,” Kanika Rabha advised NDTV.
In Assam, with Covid numbers spiking in rural areas, the state had relaunched its neighborhood surveillance programme after success in controlling the numbers within the first wave.
“We basically quiz people and look for those who have a fever, cough, cold or other symptoms, we list and report those cases and arrange for the medical team and also give medicines to them” Rashmi Kachari defined to NDTV.
Like Jimirigaon, Assam’s 26,000 villages shall be surveyed underneath the neighborhood surveillance programme run by rural well being employees. Around 24 thousand ASHA employees shall be conducting door-to-door surveys.
Besides the ASHA employee, every surveillance staff has a nurse, a health care provider, a lab technician, and a paramedic.
Till June 17, 1.88 crore folks have been surveyed.
Nearly 24,000 of the 26,000 villages in Assam bought lined in simply 15 days. And 2.93 lakh covid assessments have been completed on the village degree, with 9,000 optimistic instances being recognized up to now. The villages surveyed have a positivity charge of three.24 per cent, marginally greater than the common positivity charge of the state (3.05 per cent).
Besides testing and isolating these displaying Covid signs, the agricultural healthcare employees additionally establish folks affected by diarrhea, malaria, and even Japanese Encephalitis.
“We have two rapid response team is ready, whenever we get the information from an ASHA worker about a positive case or people who are to be treated, we rush with oxygen cylinders and other equipments, and start the preliminary treatment at the village,” mentioned Bhaskar Bharali, the Medical Officer on the Mataikhar Primary Health Centre (PHC).
The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup rural district, Kailash Kartik, mentioned: “We have made an emergency Covid stabilization unit where we have lifesaving drugs and once the patient is shifted, we stabilize them and then shift them to covid hospitals.”