Testing, vaccination, contact tracing intensified in Bangalore – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BENGALURU: With intensified testing and contact tracing, more attention is being given to the vulnerable population in Bengaluru, BBMP Special Commissioner for Health Dr KV Trilok Chandra said here on Tuesday.

This includes anyone who is immunocompromised, including cases of ILI, SARI, and those with other health conditions. Although cases are increasing, the number of people admitted to hospital is low. To ensure cases do not increase, more attention is being paid to vaccinating people, he told media on Tuesday.

Depending on the situation, a decision will soon be made on limiting the number of people at gatherings and the return of the disaster management law. All Covid-19 protocol must be followed, he added. According to records, more than 3,000 people have yet to receive their second dose. Staff from primary health centers now come to their doorsteps and vaccinate them. In the past two months, seven lakh people have been vaccinated at their homes.

Testing has also been stepped up. Marshals and police teams have started to closely monitor people in busy areas and markets. Close monitoring is also being carried out on contacts and contact tracing is also being undertaken, he said. Trilok Chandra said samples continued to be sent for genome sequencing and serological surveillance was also underway.

The government has been asked to provide additional staff as the department will again need hands for triage, teletriage, sample collection, home isolation, hospitalization, testing, swab collection , data entry and vaccination. “No change is seen in fourth wave symptoms,” he said.

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