Guwahati: World Health Organization (WHO) in appreciation of effective Covid-19 management in Assam has featured the state’s frontline workers in its news section.
A feature story with the headline “ASSAM: Frontline workers with muddy feet and hearts of gold” was published on April 7 which paid tribute to the frontline workers.
It said, “In a state where 39.6 % of the area is prone to floods, according to Rashtriya Barh Ayog in the Department of Water Resources, Government of Assam, large tracts of land are unreachable for many months during the year, which makes providing health care services a huge challenge.”
It adds, “When Covid-19 cases began rising after the easing of the nationwide lockdown on 17 May 2020, Assam rapidly scaled up testing, tracing and treatment by launching the Assam Community Surveillance Plan (ACSP) to conduct active community surveillance to identify fever and SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Infections) and ILI (Influenza-like Illness).”
The feature also highlighted the state’s surveillance plan 2.0 or ‘Nischayata’ (Assurance) under which aggressive testing was carried out in potential hotspots such as transport hubs, market, interstate truck and bus terminal, and parking lots.
Since the beginning of the Covid-1 pandmeic, WHO has been supporting the state in different health initiatives to deliver quality healthcare services.
Meanwhile, the WHO field teams have also been guiding the state government in the resumption and continuation of essential services in immunization, vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, TB elimination, and comprehensive primary care with the state.