Coronavirus : Inspection teams established in Pune to track ‘affected’ people

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Pune, March 10, 2020: The Corona virus spreads more speedily than other viruses and so taking precaution is extremely necessary said Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar. He was speaking at a meeting organized here at the district magistrate office.

He further said that the inspection teams had been constituted for searching the people who came in contact with the two patients found infected by the Corona virus in Pune. He was guiding these teams. District Magistrate Naval Kishor Ram, health director Dr Archana Patil, additional commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation Rubal Agrawal, Deputy Director of Health Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, resident Deputy Collector Dr Jayashree Katare, district civil surgeon Dr. Ashok Nandapurkar, Dr Ramchandra Hankare, district health officer Dr Bhagwan Pawar, sub-divisional officer Santosh Kumar Deshmukh, Sachin Baravkar, Dr. Mitesh Ghatte, district disaster management officer Vitthal Banote and others were present on the occasion.

These teams are established for obtaining the information of all those people who came into contact with these two Corona patients and other related issues. The teams include officers and employees from revenue, health, police department and that from both the Municipal Corporations, the PCMC and PMC. Besides this, the teams including the Anganwadi sevikas (helpers) and Ashatai will be formed under the guidance of district civil surgeon and district health officer. These squads are going to confirm whether the people in the area, where these two patients visited, have developed some symptoms of Corona and if found, they will be quarantined.

Instructions related to the preventive measures during the search operation were given on this occasion. Health director Dr Archana Patil gave technical guidance to these teams. She asked the team officers and members to keep safe distance from the people whom they are going to contact. She also asked the squads to ensure whether these people have developed some symptoms like fever, cough and whether they have visited abroad in last one month or had ever met the people who returned to India after foreign visits in last one month. She instructed all the team members to take due care that the information of such people is kept secret. It should not be revealed in any condition, she said.

District magistrate Naval Kishor Ram said that Corona can be treated if precautions are taken and treatment is start as soon as possible. So the members of the teams and the citizens should not get panicked. The Divisional Commissioner had yesterday held a meeting for four long hours and for three hours today for guiding all the people of administration. The precautions are taken as the spread of Corona virus is more as compared to other viruses. Officers and employees from revenue, police department and health department were present during the meeting.