Targetted Surveillance Programme to begin from June 17 in Assam

Guwahati: As a crucial step towards combating COVID 19 effectively in the state, Assam Health Department has launched the Assam Targeted Surveillance Program (ATSP) from 17th June, 2020.

The Department aims to conduct more than 50,000 random testings in a week’s time, targeting vulnerable areas.

Informing this, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to twitter to announce the following areas to be taken into consideration for the targeted surveillance drive.

  1. Truck parking and unloading bays including Railway goods yard/godown

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 and Logistics Carriers has been issued separately.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Family members of persons released from institutional quarantine

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

A total of approx. 50,000 samples are to be collected from across the state under the targeted surveillance drive. The exercise shall start from June 17, 2020 and shall be completed on June 27, 2020.

Deputy Commissioner shall prepare a 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 June 16, 2020. DCs shall ensure the availability of an adequate number of laboratory technicians, data entry operators etc. for this purpose.

Mission Director, National Health Mission, Assam will coordinate with DCs for the smooth conduct of Targeted Surveillance Drive.

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