Health Secretary urges states to tackle influx of migrant workers

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New Delhi: Health Secretary Preeti Sudan on Tuesday has interacted with five states that are witnessing upsurge in migrant workers following lockdown.

The states facing heavy influx of migrant returnees are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

These states are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases since the last three weeks as lockdown rules have been eased and inter-state migration has been allowed.

It was also emphasized that each containment zone has to be analysed to check the trends and adopt course correction measures through proper formation and implementation of micro plans.

Use of data emerging from Aarogya Setu was also pointed out to the participating states.

It was advised that Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) can be stationed at quarantine centres; temporary sub-health centres could be set up in existing buildings and additional frontline workers like RBSK teams can be utilized.

The states were asked to link with Ayushman Bharat. The Health and Wellness Centres needs to be established so that immediate health check-ups can be arranged.

As a part of an important healthcare measure, tele-medicine services can to be rolled out from these centres. Temporary sub health centres could also be operationalised in existing buildings with additional deployment of health workers.

It was stressed that to tackle the surge of migrant workers, ASHAs and ANMs can be given additional incentives to manage the situation.

The states were advised to ensure implementation of PPE guidelines with respect to the outreach teams. The meeting asked the states to rope in NOGs, SHGs, private hospitals, volunteer groups for augmenting their strength.

Special attention to vulnerable groups like pregnant women, under 5 yrs children, elderly, those with co-morbidities must be taken care of. Therefore, mobilization of Anganwadi workforce must be done in a planned manner, the meeting stressed.

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