Preventive protocols implemented in UP to arrest outbreak of new 'Delta Plus' COVID-19 variant
Aiming targeted interventions for caution and control against the new Delta Plus variant cases spurting across different states in the nation, the Uttar Pradesh administration has issued new orders. Simultaneously, Lucknow's King George Medical University will be conducting research and investigation for deciphering the symptoms and course of the mutant. While the samples have also been sent for screening in Pune and Delhi institutes till now, the process at KGMU will start from today.
Multifaceted action plan to be deployed for tackling new mutant
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Amid anticipations of an upcoming third wave and its expected effect on children, the state government is trying to ensure that no lag leads to an amplified risk of infection. So far, while a streamlined multi-dimensional action plan against the Delta Plus variant is being formulated, focus on measures at the district level for mitigating the possibilities of an unprecedented outbreak has been deemed important.
Subsequently, samples have to be collected across the districts, that are located in close proximity to the states with cases of Delta Plus variant. Thereafter, the presence of the new mutant will be checked through proper genome sequencing.
Additionally, testing drives are being conducted at bus stands, railway stations and airports while the setting up of PICU/NICU wards has been accelerated too. Further, the medical centres have been asked to amp up the availability of all essential devices like BPAP machines, X-Ray equipment amongst other things.
Door-to-door distribution of medicine kits for kids to begin on July 27
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As per reports, extensive doorstep delivery of medicine kits for children will be taken up by the state government. The packets would contain syrups and chewable tablets for kids who develop influenza-like symptoms. Slated for a start from June 27, 4 lakh individuals from over 60,000 monitoring committees will be involved in this process. In addition to this, large-scale awareness drives are also being implemented to promot COVID appropriate behaviour.
Genome sequencing to be initiated at KGMU's Microbiology Department
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Reportedly, the Health Department has been instructed to assure that they are adequate facilities for genome sequencing at KGMU and BHU, as soon as possible. As per reports, a representative from KGMU informed that the plan for gene screening of samples has been prepared at the institute. The examinations will be carried out at the Microbiology Department of the varsity, which stands equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.