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Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has issued guidelines to the states and union territories regarding Kovid. These guidelines provide a revised strategy for surveillance with focus on early detection, testing and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases.
Union Health Secy writes to States/UT’s on MoHfw welfare ‘Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in context of COVID. These guidelines provide revised strategy for surveillance with focus on early detection, testing, and timely mgmt of suspected & confirmed cases pic.twitter.com/yWrY2zDABT
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2022
The Center on Wednesday asked states and union territories to ensure RT-PCR screening of about two per cent passengers on every incoming flight and send all positive samples for genomic sequencing.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan issued the advisory through a letter to the states and union territories, citing the ‘Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in the context of Kovid-19’ issued by the Center on 9 June.
Bhushan called for implementing the revised strategy which focuses on early detection and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases and prevention of outbreak of new corona virus variants.
Bhushan said the strategy was released on June 9 with a long-term vision to fully integrate COVID-19 surveillance under the existing Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) mechanism.
Bhushan told states that they should “ensure monitoring of incoming international passengers, which would include screening of 2 per cent of passengers on each incoming flight into India by RT-PCR”.
He told the states that all positive samples should be sent for genome sequencing and such travelers should be advised to the isolation and medical managers as per the extant guidelines.
He also said that all health facilities should report Influenza Like Illness (ILI) cases and the District Surveillance Officer (DSO) would be responsible for analyzing the data. He said that five per cent cases of ILI will be tested through RT-PCR.