States including West Bengal, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have been witnessing a steady rise in daily cases.
Surveillance committees in UP have been instructed to work on an alert mode to prevent the sudden spread of infection in the state. Many neighbouring states and countries have reported a rise in the number of COVID cases, due to which an alert has been sounded here. These surveillance committees are responsible for the timely identification and isolation of COVID patients, as well as the distribution of medicine kits, pulse oximeters and thermometers in the state.
Door-to-door screening to be intensified
Over 73,000 surveillance committees will be paying door-to-door visits to conduct thorough testing of each individual. The committees have been asked to increase tracing of patients showing influenza-like symptoms, in accordance with the WHO's 'trace-test-treat' strategy. The rigorous testing practice will continue throughout the festive season to remove any risk of transmission.
Measures to prevent all communicable diseases in place
The committees have also been asked to reduce the spread of vector-borne and water-borne diseases such as dengue, cholera, diarrhea and malaria in the state. Extensive cleanliness, sanitisation and fogging drives are being implemented. A month-long state-wide communicable disease control drive is also being conducted. Campaigns are also being organised in all 75 districts to educate citizens about infectious diseases. ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and village heads have also been tasked with raising rural awareness about water hygiene.