Over the previous few weeks, the Covid-19 instances throughout Haryana have witnessed a pointy decline. The restoration charge has continued to go up whereas the energetic Covid-19 instances have diminished. Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Arora tells The Indian Express in regards to the Covid state of affairs in Haryana, state’s technique to take care of one other surge, and preparedness for vaccine roll out. Excerpts
How ready is Haryana for rolling out Covid vaccine?
Over a span of 1 yr, we’ll vaccinate 67 lakh individuals in Haryana. The beficiaries have been divided into classes — class 1 contains (2 lakh) well being employees; class 2 are (4.5 lakh) entrance line employees comparable to civic and sanitary employees, state and central police drive, civil defence, armed forces; class 3 is these (50 lakh individuals) above 50 years of age; and class 4 is these (2.25 lakh individuals) under 50 years of age and having comorbidities. At least 5,145 educated vaccinators and 19,000 classes websites have been recognized. The state vaccine retailer will likely be in Kurukshetra, whereas 4 regional shops will likely be in Hisar, Gurgaon, Kurukshetra and Rohtak. 22 districts vaccine shops, and 659 chilly chain factors have already been designated.
Do you apprehend one other surge? If sure, what may very well be doable elements accountable?
At current, it’s tough to say whether or not there will likely be one other surge as a result of we predict Covid-19 vaccine very quickly and the positivity charge can be declining. But Haryana is on an alert mode as there are some susceptible elements comparable to the continuing farmers agitation, migratory inhabitants, festive gatherings (Lohri and Makar Sankranti) and impact of the surge in instances in Delhi-NCR.
Covid instances in Haryana have persistently been declining. What are the elements accountable?
Haryana is engaged on each the preventive and healing points of Covid-19 administration. There are combos of varied elements chargeable for the decline. These embrace efficient surveillance methods, immediate lab testing, residence isolation monitoring, infrastructure strengthening, improve in surveillance exercise, ample logistics together with isolation beds, beds with oxygen, ICU, ventilators and so forth, consciousness and vast publicity about sanitisers and masks, tele-consultation facility and efficient administration of management room quantity 1075.
What is the month-wise comparability of recent Covid-19 instances?
For the previous few months, now we have persistently been growing the testing (each RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen). If we take the final three months, from 5.2 per cent in October, the positivity charge shot as much as 8.0 per cent for November earlier than falling to 2.8 per cent in December. All this whereas, the testing saved on going up – from 741,692 checks in October to 822,989 in November to 950,110 in December. From 38,611 in October, the variety of new optimistic instances went as much as 66,916 in November earlier than coming all the way down to 26,781 in December. Even, if we have a look at the month-wise common testing, now we have ramped it up from 17,339 in August to 26,890 in September and 31,859 in December.
Do now we have sufficient infrastructure to fight one other surge?
We have 26 testing laboratories, as on date (18 authorities and eight personal) with a complete capability to check 44,050 samples pet day. We even have 45,153 quarantine amenities, 11,535 isolation beds, 2,142 ICU beds, 1,606 ventilators, 2,84,695 PPE kits and three,50,426 surgical masks accessible.
What’s the state of affairs of energetic containment zones?
The most 542 energetic containment zones are in Palwal, adopted by 531 in Hisar, 492 in Jhajjar, 389 in Kurukshetra, and 328 in Panchkula. However, there are a number of districts the place these containment zones have significantly diminished over the previous few months. For occasion, there are solely two in Mahendragarh, seven in Nuh, eight in Bhiwani, 16 in Jind, 19 in Charkhi Dadri and so forth. Among districts adjoining Delhi, there are but 195 energetic containment zones in Faridabad, 100 in Gurgaon, 160 in Rohtak, and 94 in Sonipat.
Which districts have excessive fatality charge?
Against the nationwide common of 1.49 per cent, Haryana’s fatality charge is 1.10 per cent. The highest fatality charge of two.50 per cent has been recorded in Fatehabad, adopted by Bhiwani (2.25) and Yamunanagar (2.14). All the districts which have fatality charge increased than 1 per cent are a matter of concern for us and on our high precedence. Many of those districts have increased case-doubling charge, too. So far, there are six districts the place the fatality charge is lower than 1 per cent they usually embrace Faridabad (0.89), Gurgaon (0.60), Mahendragarh (0.29), Palwal (0.57), Rewari (0.65) and Sonipat (0.55). Although, now we have achieved over 97 per cent restoration charge throughout the state. Till December 28, 2,882 sufferers had died attributable to Covid-19 out of which 2,520 had comorbidities.
Haryana’s well being division lately bagged 4 awards. Could you briefly inform what have been these all about?
We obtained 4 Atal Bihari Vajpayee Good Governance Awards this yr for attaining immunization for all underneath Universal Immunization Programme; omplementation of e-Sanjeevani OPD tele-consultation; ASHA Sarvekshan App to cowl door-to-door Covid-19 Survey by ASHA employees; and for Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Digitisation performed a pivotal function in monitoring the immunisation course of. Data concerning totally immunized youngsters towards dwell delivery is maintained in Health Management Information System (HMIS) portal and the data concerning actual time inventory administration of immunization vaccines is on the market in eVIN portal. Smooth functioning of those portals prevented the wastage of vaccines considerably.
Similarly, e-Sanjeevani OPD was carried out on May 1. Currently, two OPDs – common and specialised are performing from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. These OPDs got here as a boon throughout pandemic as individuals might seek the advice of docs from their houses.
Indefatigable efforts by ASHA employees throughout pandemic state of affairs was additionally awarded. They went door to door to assemble info concerning the Covid instances and suspected sufferers which was uploaded on the Sarvekshan App. It helped in early detection and well timed referrals of suspected instances. At least 20,268 ASHA employees mapped the city and rural slum areas together with containment zones facilitating line-listing of excessive danger inhabitants, ILI (Influenza Like Illness) and pneumonia symptomatic with problem in respiratory instances and their follow-up was executed for lab check, and subsequent administration and therapy. Such efforts enhanced the restoration charge.
Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Haryana was additionally awarded owing to the modern IEC campaigns initiated by the division. The IEC marketing campaign with the title Chaupal pe Charcha- Jeevan ke rang Ayushman ke Sang was undertaken. At least 600 Saksham Yuva have been deployed. educated and geared up with IEC materials to go to villages and wards to carry nukkad nataks, gram sabhas and assembly have been organized. Efforts led to swift technology of golden card underneath PMJAY and a complete of 5.37 lakh functions for have been processed.