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‘Ghar Ghar Nigrani’ app to contain community spread

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 12

In a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at checking community spread of Covid-19, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has launched a mobile app, "Ghar Ghar Nigrani."

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Anurag Agarwal said the entire rural and urban population of Punjab above 30 years of age shall be surveyed as part of the drive, which will also cover persons below the age of 30 having co-morbidities, influenza-like illness or severe acute respiratory illness.

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  • The entire rural and urban population of Punjab above 30 years of age shall be surveyed as part of the drive

  • It will also cover persons below the age of 30 having co-morbidities, influenza-like illness or severe acute respiratory illness

  • This will not be a one-time activity, but an ongoing process till the containment of the disease.

This would not be a one-time activity, but an ongoing process till the containment of the disease, said Agarwal.

The survey would collect full medical details, including co-morbidities of a person, if any. Apart from this, the survey shall give direction to all state health programmes by providing ideas for MIS-based monitoring, he said.

Special Secretary, Health-cum-Testing Incharge, Covid, Isha Kalia, said the user-friendly app had been developed by the Health Department and had been field tested in Patiala and Mansa. Around 20,628 persons were surveyed, of whom 9,045 were found asymptomatic and 1,583 with symptoms of cough, fever, sore throat, breathlessness etc.

The survey is currently under way in 518 villages and 47 urban wards. Around 4.88 per cent persons have been found to be hypertensive, 2.23 per cent diabetic, 0.14 per cent having kidney disease, 0.64 per cent with heart disease, 0.13 per cent TB and 0.13 per cent cancer.

The ASHA workers and community volunteers will be paid Rs 4 per head incentive for every person surveyed and shall cover 500 households. A certificate of appreciation will be issued by the department to each volunteer as recognition of her contribution.



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