Assam To launch Targeted Surveillance Drive from Tomorrow

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A Targeted Surveillance Drive in the name of the Assam Targeted Surveillance Program (ATSP) shall be carried out in all the districts amongst the following categories of persons which shall include a collection of samples for COVID-19 testing.

A total of approximately 50,000 samples are to be collected from across the State under the Targeted Surveillance Drive which shall be started on June 17 and shall be completed on June 27.

The following officials, people shall be tested during the drive that will be carried out from Wednesday:

Truck parking and unloading bays including Railway goods yard/ godowns

Screening and random sample collection of the staff/ employees/ labourers shall be done

A separate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the operation of various establishments frequented by Truckers & Logistics Carriers has been issued separately. (Attached)

Frontline District officials

All officials including healthcare staff, police personnel, Transport Department, administrative officials etc. who have been associated with activities relating to screening, sample collection, surveillance, quarantine etc., including offices of Deputy Commissioners, shall be screened and tested.

Hotel staff

Screening and random sample collection from the staff members of those hotels which are being used as Institutional Quarantine viz. staff from reception, bearers, cleaners etc. shall be done.

Family Members of persons released from institutional quarantine

Screening and random sample collection shall be done from amongst the family members/ co-residents of homes of persons who have been released from institutional quarantine.

A statement issued by the health and family welfare department of the Government of Assam said that the Deputy Commissioners’ shall prepare micro-plan for the screening and testing in consultation with the concerned Superintendent of Police, Heads of Offices, hotel associations, etc. and submit the same to Mission Director, National Health Mission, Assam by 16th June 2020. DCs shall also ensure the availability of adequate number of laboratory technicians, data entry operators etc. for this purpose. Mission Director, National Health Mission, Assam will coordinate with DCs for smooth conduct of Targeted Surveillance Drive.

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