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Pandemic scenario in Mysuru! DC lists measures taken so far, sets July 1 deadline for Covid Free Mysuru

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Mysuru:  Despite second highest COVID cases in Karnataka, Mysuru district with the highest positivity rate of 41.32% & Active Cases of about 16,000, has one of the lowest case fatality rates (CFR)- death per 100 Covid patients.

This is a remarkable achievement for Mysuru in containing the deaths due to COVID. The reasons and experience is useful for all.

Hence this write-up, says Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri sharing her experience.

Learning Points: The three reasons & learning points for this are:

1. Highest vaccination in state. Rigorous IEC when there was vaccine hesitancy since April 1 and mobilising of people in the district has helped us now. We have saturated to the maximum in vaccination( 45 plus category) in rural areas about 75 percent and urban at 65 percent by continuous follow up with the state
and the field and mobilizing maximum vaccinations in Mysuru.

2. Early intervention through COVID MITRA.

• First started in all taluks and subsequently in all urban PHCs in the city by the district administration this initiative of early screening, with focus on triaging has been a significant milestone in Mysurus march against covid.

• 25000 people have been triaged in all Covid mitras so far with the maximum
triage in rural PHCs. Coupled with this

• IEC campaign with first five days panchasutra has helped us to put the
message across.

3. A thorough and detailed death audit of all cases since April everyday without fail has helped in shaping our strategy. It should be noted that all our actions have stemmed out of coordinated efforts amongst all departments and daily feedback and communication to the last mile through rigorous IEC campaigning in the hinterlands.

The last wave peaked in October when I was posted as DC to Mysuru and back then our
focus was on testing track, treat (3Ts) and by following this strategy the cases flattened ( the largest single day number was less than 1000) at that time.

In the second wave as the District Disaster Management Authority we have taken all the following steps

(i) Since mid March, when there was a slight increase in cases, the district administration has been vigilant whether in recommending RTPCR tests for people travelling from Bangalore or in mobilising people for vaccination in huge numbers

(ii) Introduction of early screening through covid mitras

(iii) Introduction of the helpline 2424111 (20,000 calls attended till date)

(iv) Creation of warroom for coordinated efforts and efficiently handling bed

(v) Adding 600 (oxygenated and ICU beds) in PKTB, trauma care, ESI ,KR ( stone building) in the government hospitals

(vi) Strict vigilance on private hospitals.

(vii) Raising Rs 21.5 cr through CSR

(viii) Tele triaging

(ix) Introduction of door to door survey in the district to be completed by month end.

(x) Introduction of covid mukta gram and ward puraskar, PHC awards for taluks for
community participation.

(xi) Engaging the community through VLTF, GPTF WLTF.

(xii) Focus on increasing mycormucosis cases announcing a dewoming day, screening people for diabetes and tracking them.

COVID-Mukta Mysuru by July 1

By July 1 which is the national doctors day we want Mysuru to get covid free. It is not easy but we are committed.

The date is selected as a mark of respect and deep gratitude to the medical fraternity.
We are all together in this fight for humanity, the virus has touched all of us in some form or other, let us all join hands and work collectively in participating with full responsibility through self regulation through this lockdown and showing outlr respect to all the doctors by making Mysuru covid free by July 1.

– Team Mysoorunews


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