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A revised COVID monitoring strategy aimed at long-term integration with the IDSP program
More than 3.66 crore first dose of COVID vaccine was given to the 12-14-year-old group, according to a report by the Department of Health on Thursday, when the department called for increased vaccinations for children and the elderly, following an increase in cases in several parts of the country.
“More than 193.53 crore vaccines have been provided to the States and a balance of 11.59 crore and unused vaccines are still available to countries,” the Department of Health said.
He added that States were directed to accelerate the availability of vaccines, especially for adults aged 60 and over, as well as the second dose for groups of 12-17 year olds. “Provinces must also ensure that expired policies are implemented first, to prevent any waste of resources,” the department said.
In addition, the Department has now advised governments to adhere to the ‘Revised Guidelines for Jesus’ Supervision in the Context of COVID-19′ issued by the Center on June 9. with regard to the possible local increase in COVID-19, the Department said in its interaction with countries.
The Department also advises countries to initiate RT-PCR randomized testing of approximately 2% of international passengers on each incoming aircraft, as well as the genomic sequence of all positive models. These measures are aimed at the long-term integration of COVID-19 monitoring within the existing Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP).
In his letter to the provincial governments, Union Secretary of Health Rajesh Bhushan called on States to adhere to a revised strategy, which focuses on early detection; timely administration of suspected and confirmed cases; and constipation outbreaks of new strains of coronavirus.
According to the revised strategy, all health care facilities should report cases of ‘flu-like illness’ (ILI), and monitor Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases in all regional hospitals and select higher education hospitals, and conduct their own RT-PCR tests. of COVID. -19. District Monitoring Managers (DSOs) will be responsible for data analysis. “Five percent of ILI cases will be diagnosed with RT-PCR,” the Department of Health said.
The Regional IDSP is also required to share data every two weeks, and COVID-19 laboratory research facilities must upload their data to the Indian Council for Medical Research portal. “Please ensure that the guidelines are distributed to all districts, and that health facilities and labs are identified throughout the state and that their implementation will be ensured,” the letter said.
The revised strategy also emphasized community-based vigilance for early detection of unusual social events, such as major outbreaks of disease, unusual clinical presentation of cases, deaths, etc.
Mr Bhushan said the three-step genomic surveillance strategy should be used by the States, and positive samples from large collections, or public outbreaks and unusual events, should also be submitted in full genome sequence.
“I am confident that the provincial governments and administrators of UT [Union Territory] will implement these guidelines so that we can maintain and build on the gains we have made so far in the fight against COVID-19,” the letter said.