In a unique initiative to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday launched the mobile app 'door-to-door surveillance'. Under this, every house in the state will be monitored until this epidemic is completely eradicated. Releasing the app through video conferencing in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, the Chief Minister said that this effort of the Health Department will prove to be helpful for early detection and testing of coronavirus, which will help in preventing mass spread. Asha workers and community volunteers will also be involved in this campaign.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Anurag Aggarwal said that under this campaign, all urban and rural population of Punjab above 30 years will be surveyed. In this, people suffering from respiratory disease under the age of 30 years and other serious diseases will also be covered. The activity will not be done only once but it will be a continuous process that will go on till the complete elimination of the Covid.
Aggarwal said that under the survey, complete data will be prepared for the last week of every person suffering from complete medical condition and corona as well as other diseases. The database thus created will prove to be helpful to formulate a strategy to deal with Kovid and will help in preventing mass dispersal. Special secretary health and testing in charge Isha Kalia said that this app has been prepared by the health department. It has been tested in Patiala and Mansa. In this, around 20628 people were surveyed, out of which 9045 people were found to be suffering from respiratory disease and 1583 persons were suffering from cough/fever / sore throat/shortness of breath etc.