For the migrant workers in the state, the government has set up 218 camps where 9,695 persons have been sheltered.
Show the light: CM Jagan
For the Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government, containing COVID-19 became a complex challenge after the realisation that 90 per cent of the recent positive cases have not been linked to foreign returnees, but those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi and their contacts. Still, the state is striving to stay on top of the situation with real-time data gathering. And it is using the nascent village secretariat system set up last year for this. Ward and village volunteers, along with auxiliary nurse midwives and ASHA workers, have already surveyed 12.8 million of the 14.5 million households in the state to identify those with COVID-19 symptoms, enabling swift action and strict vigil.
A total of 27,876 foreign returnees identified since February 10 and the 80,896 people they came in contact with are under surveillance. For the migrant workers in the state, the government has set up 218 camps where 9,695 persons have been sheltered.
Realising the need for expertise, Reddy, apart from having medical graduate-turned-bureaucrat P.V. Ramesh as an advisor in the chief minister’s office, has roped in K. Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India, to guide the state’s response.