Containment Operations Sub-Optimal In Maharashtra Districts: Central Teams

The Centre has despatched Central groups to the 30 most affected districts in Maharashtra. (file photograph)


The Central groups deputed to Maharashtra to coordinate the response to the coronavirus pandemic have noticed that containment operations had been sub-optimal in Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad districts, says a report despatched by the Centre to the state authorities.

The groups discovered “less than satisfactory perimeter control and lack of active surveillance” in COVID-19 instances, the report despatched by the Union Health Ministry stated.

“Efforts at surveillance and contact tracing were found to be sub-optimal in Buldhana, Satara, Aurangabad and Nanded, mostly due to limited manpower engaged in this task.

The team from Bhandara has reported that most cases are being reported from outside of containment zones,” the report stated.

The report addressed to Maharashtra’s Principal Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas, stated the ministry has been actively partaking with the state authorities in coordinating and collaborating efforts in direction of preparedness and response to the pandemic.

The Centre has despatched Central groups to the 30 most affected districts in Maharashtra and these groups are working with the district administration to grasp the unfold of COVID-19, present help and supervision and recommend workable options to curb the unfold, the report stated.

The groups have been tasked to work with the district authorities on preparedness and response with a concentrate on testing, contact tracing and containment operations, Covid-appropriate behaviour and its enforcement, hospital infrastructure and availability of logistic and vaccination progress, the report stated.

“The testing capacity in Satara, Bhandara, Palghar, Amravati, Jalna and Latur districts is already overwhelmed, resulting in a delay in reporting of test results,” the report stated.

“The Central teams from Nanded and Buldhana have reported a very skewed RT-PCR/RAT ratio. Community resistance to COVID-19 testing has also been reported from the Bhandara district. ln Bhandara and Satara a large percentage of Covid patients are under home isolation, which requires rigorous follow up to minimize mortality. Such a follow up is not happening presently,” it stated.

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