Round 2 going on in full swing
GUWAHATI: The Round 2 of the Assam Community Surveillance Programme (ACSP) has been going on in full swing since June 10, 2020 after the successful completion of its Round 1. The programme is being carried out by NHM (National Health Mission), Assam.
The programme is aimed at looking for SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Infection), ILI (Influenza-Like Illness), fever cases and vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, Japanese Encephalitis etc and to conduct testing of all such cases by taking necessary steps. As per the findings of the tests all follow-up actions like insolating followed by contact tracing and appropriate treatment are taken.
According to NHM, Assam sources, after the successful completion of Round 1, Round 2 of the Programme has been going on in full since June 10, 2020. Taking the situation of floods in the State into consideration, the Round 2 of the programme has taken up water-borne diseases under its fold.
According to statistics made available by NHM, Assam, while Round 1 of the programme covered 33,420 villages, Round 2 covered 19,223 villages till June 28, 2020. Among the other aspects, 37 persons have been found with SARI in Round 2 till June 28 against 249 in Round 1; 914 persons have been found with ILI till June 28 against 6,439 in Round 1; 510 COVID-19 samples taken in Round 2 till June 28 against 4,561 in Round 1; as many as 2,106 people have been sent for home quarantine in Round 2 till June 28 against 9,555 persons in Round 1; 26 persons were sent to facility quarantine in Round 2 till June 28 against 178 in Round 1; and none has been referred to facility isolation in Round 2 till June 28 against 1 in Round 1.
The programme has doctors, nurses, multi-purpose health workers, community health officers, laboratory technicians and ASHA (accredited Social Health Activities) workers. The activities start with ASHA workers who are mandated to visit door to door for checking SARI/ILI and fever related cases. They prepare line listing of such cases and share them with the community surveillance team (CST). Members of the CST visit the houses identified to interact with suspected cases, confirm the findings, counsel patients, including family members and nearby community members. District magistrates monitor the entire programme.