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First consider fact -sheet in brief.

*Isolation centres to be functional in every panchayat

*Aimed at curbing the spread among rural population

After the completion of a virtual training programme of MOICs(Medical Officer Incharge), ANMs(Auxiliary Nurse Midwife), MPWs(Multipurpose Workers), CHOs(Community Health Officers) of Jharkhand, thousands of ANMs, CHOs and MPWs are now taking part in a three days hands-on training programme intended to prepare them for RAT testing and door to door survey across the state.

Chief Minister Mr Hemant Soren had directed the officials of the health department to plan and initiate a door to door campaign to identify potential COVID19 cases especially in the rural areas of the state, to limit the spread of the virus. Given this, the additional chief secretary of health released a letter to all the deputy commissioners in this regard with a detailed plan module for the door to door campaign. NHM Jharkhand has been given the responsibility of hands-on training of frontline workers for RAT testing and identification of potential COVID19 patients based on the symptoms.

*Training programme for thousands of health workers and other stakeholders*

Catering to more than 03 crore people settled across different parts of the state is a big task. But, with the vision of the Chief Minister Mr Hemant Soren to ensure the safety of the people of Jharkhand, thousands of health workers and other stakeholders including Sakhi Mandal didis are being trained to make door to door survey a success.

*Starting with the virtual training module*

The training schedule started with virtual(video call) sessions for all the MOICs and ANMs. During the training programme, all the participants were briefed about the concept of the door to door campaign programme. Later, they were explained about the COVID appropriate safety behaviour to follow while going for survey, symptoms to look for in a patient and RAT testing.

*Hands-on training related to RAT testing*

After completion of the virtual training programme, which was majorly attended by 188 MOICs and more than 2000 ANMs/MPWs from across the state, a three days hands-on training programme of RAT testing commenced on Wednesday, May 21. The training programme is being conducted in every block across Jharkhand. ANMs, CHOs, MPWs and Sahiya didis are being trained by block training teams. Apart from the testing format, frontline workers are being trained in reading oximeter results, temperature and other related symptoms which will help identify the potentially infected patient, who can later be shifted to testing centres for Covid19 testing.

*Door to Door survey to mark potential covid19 patients and ensuring medical help*

During the door to door survey, the frontline worker’s team will visit every household in the respective panchayat. Every household will be surveyed for any positive cases in the house, any death in the last two months or any person with COVID symptoms.

In case any member of a family is found to be positive, the team will ensure that other members of the family also get tested. A testing centre will also be functional for the same.

Also, if somebody is found to have COVID symptoms they will be taken for testing at the earliest. A quarantine centre will also be functional in each panchayat to ensure that anyone who is found positive stays away from the other people of their family. A CHO accompanied with a Sahiya will be appointed at every quarantine centre to keep a check on every patient’s health condition. Anyone showing any kind of deterioration in their health can be immediately shifted to the nearby COVID care centre.

Any infected patient who is mildly symptomatic and fits to be isolated at home will be provided with the COVID care medical kit with all the necessary information and medicine inside.


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