Bengaluru: The World Health Organisation has lauded Uttar Pradesh for its door-to-door covid surveillance.  

On its website, it wrote, “The Uttar Pradesh state government has initiated house-to-house active case finding of COVID-19 in rural areas to contain transmission by testing people with symptoms for rapid isolation, disease management and contact tracing”. 

It added, “Government teams are moving across 97,941 villages in 75 districts over five days for this activity, which began on 5 May in India’s most populous state with a population of 230 million”.

On its twitter handle, it said, “The Uttar Pradesh government has deployed 1,41,610 teams and 21,242 supervisors from the state health department to ensure all rural areas are covered with this Covid-19 case finding activity”.

It should be noted that, in a drive that kick-started on May 5, teams formed by the Yogi Adityanath government are going door to door in rural areas to contain the transmission. “Those who tested positive are isolated and given a medicine kit with advice on disease management. All contacts of those who tested positive are quarantined and tested,” wrote WHO, adding that it is supporting Uttar Pradesh government in training and micro planning.

The website also added, “People without signs of COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated and follow COVID-appropriate behaviours to prevent transmission in rural areas of India’s most populated state. Micro planning, house visits, concurrent monitoring and follow ups were core to India’s polio eradication strategy to ensure no one misses access to vaccination and health care services”.