Coronavirus: TN govt all district Collectors and doctors to be on high alert

With COVID-19 positive cases emerging in the country, the Tamil Nadu government has swung into action and directed the district collectors to take a slew of preparedness measures on a war footing manner.

The Tamil Nadu government has asked the district collectors to urgently take a set of preventive measures in wake of 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in different parts of the country.

In a letter to the district collectors, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam has asked the collectors to immediately convene a meeting with all private and government doctors.

He said, “They should be thoroughly oriented on containment plan for COVID-19 which includes case definitions, laboratory protocols, case transport guidelines, preventive measures including hospital and ambulance disinfection protocols, case management protocols and travel advisories.”

The collectors should make hand sanitisers available in all government and private hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, cinema theatres, marriage halls, schools, colleges and other places. The government has listed the priorities, including preparedness in government and private hospitals.

Isolation facilities should be made available in all district headquarters hospitals, medical college hospitals and major private hospitals. While entering any health facility, patients, attenders, hospital staff should sanitize their hands. Similarly, all those leaving the facility.

Amidst the fear of fresh cases of coronavirus being reported, Tamil Nadu’s public health system and community health workers are currently monitoring over 1,000 patients in home quarantines.

According to Tamil Nadu’s Directorate of Public Health (DPH), there are currently no suspected patients with coronavirus admitted to any state hospital. But it confirmed there were 1,367 patients in home-based self quarantines for possible links to virus-affected regions and symptoms. Hundreds of public health workers are monitoring these patients over the phone.