High incidence of Covid cases in Huzurabad on eve of by-elections
K M Dayashankar
Collector instructs reopening of isolation centres in Huzurabad and Jammikunta
Instructs to conduct door to door fever testing survey
Panchayat secretaries told to avoid huge gatherings at marriages and funerals and adhere to Covid norms
KARIMNAGAR: There is a sudden spurt in the Covid positive cases in the Huzurabad assembly segment following the violation of the Covid protocol norms of social distancing and wearing masks by the political parties during the electioneering for the ensuing by-elections.
Even as the Election Commission had not issued any notification for the conduct of by-elections for the Huzurabad assembly segment, the political parties mostly the ruling TRS and the BJP have intensified their electioneering in the segment by organising roadshows, meetings and padayatras in various parts of the segment.
During this month, against a total of 1095 Covid positive cases reported in the district, 374 cases were from Huzurabad assembly segment including 246 from Huzurabad mandal, 59 from Jammikunta and 52 cases from Veenavanka mandal of the constituency.
Accordingly, Collector K Shashanka had instructed the medical and health officials to reopen the isolation centres in Huzurabad and Jammikunta towns for the treatment of positive cases. At a teleconference with the district medical and health officials here on Tuesday, the Collector said that there was high incidence of positive cases in Choppadandi, Kothapalli, Gangadhara, Gundi, Chigurumamidi and other PHC limits in the district.
In order to check the spread of the Covid positive cases, he instructed the medical officials to launch the fourth phase of the door to door survey to detect the fever cases and isolate them and monitor their health conditions by providing them with medical kits. He also informed them to identify at least 25 primary contacts of positive cases and conduct necessary tests and treatment.
He instructed the village panchayat secretaries to ensure that there were no huge gatherings at the marriage functions and funeral programmes and ensure that they strictly adhere to the Covid norms. He also informed the medical teams to ensure that at least 300 Covid tests were conducted at each PHC for the detection of positive cases and put them in isolation. He also directed the officials to provide the necessary treatment of the Covid positive cases in the government headquarters hospital.
It may be mentioned here that State Health Secretary Syed Ali Murtaza Rizvi had also visited the Huzurabad town on Monday and reviewed the prevailing conditions with the medical officials and warned the authorities that the second wave had not faded away and there was every possibility of the outbreak of the third wave.