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Haryana claims it has screened entire population for flu symptoms, says situation not alarming

Additional chief secretary (health) Rajiv Arora said those with flu-like symptoms will be monitored and tested for Covid-19.

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Chandigarh: The Haryana government has completed screening its entire population for flu-like symptoms, following a 10-day exercise that involved more than 20,000 teams of officials.

Amid a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, Haryana had launched a door-to-door screening campaign on 10 April. Teams of village-level ASHA workers, along with auxiliary nursing midwives and, in many villages, anganwadi workers were asked to visit every household and gather details of anyone having flu-like symptoms. The exercise was completed on 20 April.

Haryana’s additional chief secretary (health), Rajiv Arora, told ThePrint that the data gathered is being analysed, and while the exact number of people suffering from flu-like symptoms is yet to be assessed, the situation emerging out of the exercise is “not alarming” and “quite handleable”.

Arora said persons showing symptoms are being monitored and will be tested. “We have already procured 35,000 rapid test kits, of which 10,000 have been procured from ICMR, and the rest are from a company that manufactures these kits in Manesar,” he said.

“When ICMR gives its clearance for the use of rapid test kits, we will start testing everyone with flu-like symptoms,” Arora said.

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State of Covid-19 in Haryana

Haryana has so far reported 250 Covid-19 cases and two deaths, and this number does not include the 14 Italian nationals who tested positive for the infection in Gurugram.

Four fresh cases each from Gurugram and Sonepat and one from Ambala were reported Wednesday.

The total number of people tested for the coronavirus in the state is now over 15,500, putting it near the top of the list of states that have ramped up testing.

The number of labs conducting these tests has increased from two to seven in the last two weeks. These are PGIMS, Rohtak (capacity 180 samples per day); BPS Khanpur Kalan (120 samples per day); ESIC Medical College, Faridabad (100 samples per day); Kalpana Chawla Medical College, Karnal (120 samples per day); NRCE, Hisar (25 samples per day); PGIMER, Chandigarh (50 samples per day); and CSIR, Mohali (50 samples per day).

Another five private labs in Gurugram have been given the nod for Covid-19 testing.

Also read: ICMR advises ‘pool testing’ in low-infection areas to increase number of Covid-19 tests

Pooled sample testing

Arora said testing of pooled samples has begun, which will enhance capacities substantially. “We are not pooling more than three samples,” he said.

“We are now using the information gathered through the Aarogya Setu mobile app for monitoring people with flu-like symptoms. The app asks the user to self-declare his or her symptoms,” he informed.

“There is a dedicated officer and his team who are monitoring the app users. Initially, a lot of people downloaded the app and thought it was like a game, but soon realised the significance of the information. Those who register symptoms in the app are contacted and monitored, and if required, will also be sampled,” said Arora.

More than 29.95 lakh persons have already downloaded the app in Haryana, he added.

Also read: Haryana doubles salaries of healthcare officials and workers fighting Covid-19

Door-to-door checking, mobile OPD check-up vans

Rajiv Arora added that while rural areas across the state had been covered through door-to-door checking, mobile OPD check-up vans were stationed in shifts in urban areas and the residents informed about their timings and location. “We have reports that at some places in Gurugram this was not allowed to come into the residential complexes for which also we are finding a solution,” said Arora.

Dr J. S. Punia, civil surgeon Gurugram told ThePrint that lakhs of people in the city had already been tested through the door-to-door survey.

“Our mobile OPD vans are going from colony to colony informing the residents of their timings and location. The second round of the checks has also started and anyone who has been left uncovered in the first round will be checked. Residents are advised to keep a tab on the location and timings of our mobile OPD vans and co-operate with our teams,” he added.

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Helping those with other health issues

Arora said in order to provide health facilities to those suffering from other problems, more than 400 mobile health teams are functional.

“These mobile health check-up buses also report any severe respiratory disorder, as also flu-like symptoms in the people they check every day,” he said.

He added that apart from the people who were showing flu-like symptoms, the government has decided to also start sampling those working in high-risk conditions. These include doctors, nurses, other hospital staff, sanitation workers and policemen.

The state has already carried out sampling and testing of the susceptible population in containment zones in various districts, including Nuh, Palwal, Sonepat, Karnal, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Ambala and Gurugram.

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  1. please reconfirm this news . My entire family and relatives live in Haryana and we know nothing about this screening.

  2. False claims .. and they are not considering bankers , kiryana sotres and vegetable/ fruit vendors for screening under high risk areas

  3. THIS IS A BLATANT LIE. I live in Kurukshetra, where a case came about a week ago. I live very near to where the case is, the same sector. This man went to the same market for God knows how long, still, no tests done. Sanitizer team also came only day before yesterday. Not a single person before that… Two nurses came, and just asked how many people are living in a home, and their ages.. THIS WAS THEIR SCREENING???!!!! 80% cases in India are asymptomatic, how can you say if someone has cough or cold only then they’re going to have a test?!

  4. Wrong information. Not entire Haryana’s population screened – only people of hotspot and containment zones were screened. Correct your facts.
    Example – I live in Gurgaon and no screening done in my locality neither in neighbouring localities.

    • False claims .. and they are not considering bankers , kiryana sotres and vegetable/ fruit vendors for screening under high risk areas

  5. Haryana Government step of screening the people about corona virus symptoms is very nice action to protect the life. I think other states should follow this for the people and be the people.

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