Andhra’s new initiative against Covid-19: 102 new buses deployed to test, recruiting 9700 healthcare professionals
18 July, 2020 | newsx bureau
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launches 52 new buses for all high-risk areas furthering the attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, collecting samples from over 95 locations across the state of Andhra Pra...
The Government of Andhra Pradesh, under the leadership of chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched 52 new buses in the state that brings in a total of 102 buses stationed across all high risk areas. A total number of 102 buses been stationed in various districts in the state collecting samples from across 95 locations.
Intelligent monitoring analyses services quarantine – IMASQ provides all kinds of services in a contactless digitized swab sample collection system, tracking and tracing in all containment zones. With lakhs of tests conducted so far with the first set of 50 buses being inaugurated on June 3, 52 new buses, in addition, have been dispatched to various districts.
Health commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said “102 special buses have deployed only for mass testing purposes which can help them survey 10-12 people at the same time,at once to avoid crowd gathering.”
Bhasker further added that multiple testing counters in the buses will facilitate a contactless procedure, each bus has 10 counters, with three officials deployed at each counter. “The swab samples will be collected and sent to the ICMR laboratories for further testing. Officials at the border check-posts verify the details of people entering the state by road with the help of Aadhaar numbers. Each person’s swab sample is collected and he/she is either directed to undergo institutional or home quarantine. Those at quarantine camps are tracked by ANMs to ensure that no procedure is skipped, the collector said. ANMs visit the people in home quarantine every day, logs of which are recorded in ANM-APHEALTH portal.”
Apart from the buses being deployed, the government has also sent out notifications to recruit more medical professionals who will be allotted to different districts in the state. Health Commissioner, Katamaneni Bhaskar stated that to improve the health system from the primary to the tertiary level, a total number of 9,700 medical staff will be hired by the Government for further requirement in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.