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JAIPUR: The “ruthless” Covid-19 containment model adopted by Rajasthanit is Bhilwara since the detection of the first of its 27 positive cases on March 19 has been recognized by the Center as a potential model for states battling an outbreak of infections.
Sunday, during a videoconference with the chief secretaries of all the states, the secretary to the cabinet Rajiv Gauba said in his concluding observations that there were two key points to take away from the review of strategies to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic – aggressive confinement as in Bhilwara and preparation in terms of expansion of hospitals and quarantine facilities.
Additional chief secretary (health) Rohit Kumar Singh, who led the textile city containment campaign with district collector Rajendra Bhatt, said Monday that health department teams had examined 28 lakh people during the First 14 days since a doctor in a private hospital tested positive there.
The decision to implement a massive containment protocol was accelerated by the context of the first case. The source of the infection was unknown, and the fact that the patient was a doctor led health officials to fear the rampant spread of the virus through a long list of primary and secondary contacts.
“The strategy for combating the spread of clusters had three components. The first step was the effective implementation of the curfew, sealing the boundaries of the containment zones and ensuring zero movement of vehicles,” said Singh. “Second, we sought to identify potential clusters and perform intensive contact mapping, in addition to isolating those at high risk and quickly collecting samples for testing. The third step was a massive screening exercise covering the whole population to detect flu-like symptoms. ” ”
The district administration has assembled about 2,000 teams that have gone door-to-door to control a population of 28. Although 17 hospital staff identified as the epicenter of the epidemic have since tested positive with a few key contacts, including family members, the containment strategy appears to have prevented full spread to ‘now.
The last Covid-19 case in Bhilwara was reported on Saturday – after an interval of four days without further infection. Health officials are also relieved that there were no positive cases among the approximately 7,000 patients who visited the private hospital between March 1 and 20.
For collector Bhatt, the battle is far from over, but Bhilwara’s strategy, which we speak of as a model to follow for others, is a big boost. “The Center appreciated our confinement model and recommended that every district in the country take such measures to deal with the pandemic. This is a proud moment for us,” he told YOU.

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