Pune: Special Squads Formed To Inspect Each House in Pune, PCMC, Rural Areas For COVID Patients

Saurabh Rao

Pune, September 16,2020: Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said that social workers and NGOs have come forward for the success of ‘My Family, My Responsibility Campaign’ launched by the Maharashtra State Government in the wake of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Addressing a virtual press conference yesterday, Rao said that there will be corona testing at least in 1.1 crore homes in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and rural area. “We’ve set up 4,905 special squads for testing”, he said.

Rao notified the work of ‘special COVID squad’ that will look for patients, will provide health education, and find people with symptoms such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and obesity. This campaign would help to break the chain of COVID, he informed.

Rao explained that the number of COVID-19 suspects will also rise as all the houses in the district will be examined. However, the number of COVID tests will be increased as well.

When asked him about the shortage of bed availability he said,”As the number of COVID-19 patients increases, it will be mandatory to treat these patients on-time. Therefore, the number of beds will be increased. In this regard, I have spoken to private hospitals to increase the capacity of beds.”

Speaking about the campaign, Rao said that a sticker will be affixed on the door of each house after inspecting them for temperature and oxygen level in the body.”If a person with fever is found, they will be examined to see if they have symptoms like cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc. Everyone in the household will be asked if they have any other illnesses. We will send them to the nearest hospital as soon as possible”, he said.