TEZPUR: A central team comprising Dr Madhumita Dobe, Director-Professor of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, and Dr Garima Agarwal, Associate Professor, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, visited Sonitpur on Thursday and held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Bhupesh Chandra Das, ADCs Romy Baruah and Banti Talukdar, MIP, Dr Pradip Kumar Lahkar and others to study the COVID management strategy adopted by the district administration during the second wave of COVID. They were accompanied by State Entomologist, Dr Ramesh Bhatta.
The team took a detailed overview of the testing, vaccination strategy adopted by the district administration, number of active containment zones, implementation of ACSP programme for ILI/SARI cases, with special focus on the strategy adopted for tea garden areas in the district.
Deputy Commissioner apprised the team that the district had adopted a specific action plan for tea gardens in terms of containment, setting up COVID Care Centres for isolation of asymptomatic positive cases, intensified testing, targeted vaccination in tea gardens due to which the positivity rate in these areas had steadily declined. The district has achieved nearly 85 per cent vaccination in tea garden areas till date. Also, strict enforcement of lockdown by mobilizing all grassroots level government functionaries has helped the situation improve to a great extent, the DC said.
The team later visited COVID Vaccination Centres in Tezpur town and also paid a visit to the Mother and Child Hospital at Paruwa and took stock of the facilities present. They later visited Harchurrah TE and interacted with a few workers there to study the facilities being provided by the government.