Implementation of relief measures in Udaipur under Lockdown 5 is being seen as a welcome sign, as the incremental rise in cases has decreased substantially over the last couple of weeks. Concerns, though, are being raised on the sampling efficiency of the health department and sampling strategy of the district administration.
Dr Dinesh Kharade, CMHO, Udaipur, in his address to media said that matters are under control as far as Udaipur is concerned. He said that the health department along with district administration is ensuring that further hotspots are not created and the city avoids a corona blast similar to what happened a month ago.
Dr Dinesh informed that over the last few weeks, the administration along with the health department has ensure that most super spreaders have been tested at least once. Super spreaders include vegetable vendors, milk men, dairy shops, vegetable and grocery (kirana) shop owners, ration shops, municipality workers, gas distributors and gas cylinder hawkers.
He said that the sampling of the super spreaders is being restarted. A sampling facility has been set up at Nagar Nigam (near Abhay Control centre) to conduct sampling and testing of ILA symptomatic patients who are referred from the 14 IPSC dispensaries across the district. The patients from RNT are being tested at RNT itself. This center will be open from 12pm till 5pm.
Dr Dinesh further informed that precautionary sampling of vendors and workers in Krishi Mandi (both Upaj Mandi and Fruit and Vegtables market) is being conducted on a daily basis. As per Dr Dinesh, the health department is testing 100 samples per day at Krishi Mandi and 100 samples per day at Central Jail. Central Jail has nearly 900 inmates.
Block officers across the district have also been directed to conduct sampling in their areas to ensure that super spreader sampling and close contact sampling is comprehensive.