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Health Ministry identifies 20 existing, 22 potential COVID-19 hotspots

A rickshawpuller carries foreign tourists, weaing masks, during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata, Monday, March 30, 2020.

A rickshawpuller carries foreign tourists, weaing masks, during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata, Monday, March 30, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Ministry stresses on the need for large human resource for management and containment activities.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said it has identified 20 existing and 22 potential hotspots of COVID-19 in the country and asserted that although there is no evidence of widespread community transmission, containment measures will require large human resource.

The Ministry said this in an advisory on human resource management of COVID-19 to provide guidance to the States on manpower that can be mobilized for the management of the disease along with possible role assignments and their training requirements.

 

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“Although there is no evidence to widespread community transmission, 20 existing and 22 potential hotspots have been identified. The containment measures to break the cycle of transmission and clinical management of those affected would require large human resource,” it said in the document.

The advisory stressed on capacity building, stating that identified human resource needs to be trained online using online training programs developed by the Ministry.

 

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The training for different target groups shall cover areas like field surveillance, contact tracing, sampling, packaging and shipment of specimen, hospital infection prevention and control, including the use of appropriate PPEs and biomedical waste management, clinical case management and ventilator management, training on managing quarantine and isolation facilities and community based training in pyscho-social care, the document said.

The Ministry advised States to identify and designate a nodal officer for training who will coordinate all these activities.

For COVID-19 management, it advised the district administrations to pool-in the requisite human resources who would stay in the containment zone till such operations are over.

“For isolation areas, in addition to training, all hospital staff, dentists and AYUSH practitioners available should also be trained. Retired doctors and other healthcare professionals should be identified to work in non-COVID areas in hospitals in case of emergencies,” the advisory stated.

For surveillance activities, the Ministry said one “COVID Warriors” per 250 population may be identified and trained.

It stated that quarantine facilities are meant to house asymptomatic cases and the number identified and trained manpower should be equal to the number of COVID Warriors.

The advisory highlights major areas where enhanced deployment of human resource is required such as surveillance activities at grass root level, supervisory management of containment operations, laboratory testing and clinical management of suspect/confirmed cases in isolation wards.

 

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It also listed out critical care management of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) cases in ICUs, patient transportation and referral, cleaning, disinfection and waste management, management of quarantine, isolation facilities and pyscho-social care as some of the important areas.

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