Jamshedpur, April 13: In yet another move to identify people with travel history either from overseas or domestic, East Singhbhum district administration has decided to cover all the houses in the district.
Taking help from the 2011 census, East Singhbhum has identified over 4,76,931 houses in the 11 blocks of the districts (including the urban Jamshedpur-Jugsalai block) and reach out to each of the houses. For this it has mobilised not only the over 1700 sahiyas and anganbari sevikas and also the 1885 booth level officers (entrusted after polling booths during election), panchayat raj institutions and even thana-level community leaders.
�We are taking every step to ensure that people having travel history are covered. We want to to screen every individual who might have come from abroad or from another state or district to East Singhbhum and want to reach each of the houses in urban and rural areas of the district in a limited time span. We have decided to involve everyone entrusted with implementation of government schemes and activities in the exercise and want to complete it within a week,� said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla.
The booth level officers training were held this morning at different locations of the district. Sawant appealed to the people to cooperate with the survey team, and requested them to provide all details, including of people living in rented accomodation. �We have prepared a community survey questionnaire on Covid-19,� he said. After the survey reports are filed, booths will prepare a history sheet and send it to the primary health centre (PHC) concerned.
The administration has formed teams at block-level and also in three civic bodies of Jamshedpur, Jugsalai and Mango for house-to-house search within three km radius area for Covid-19 positive cases.
An official informed that separate teams have been formed in Mango, Jamshedpur and Jugsalai and also in remaining 10 blocks of the districts which will help the district surveillance in monitoring those undergoing quarantine at state centre�s or at homes and will also undertake house-to-house search if there is a positive case.
The team will focus on people having travel history. Special attention will be given to the elderly, pregnant women and those with co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and low immunity.
�Movement of people has been limited to emergency and essential services to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus. In effect, it means citizens cannot come out of their homes and move around in public places unless they have an emergency to explain. We had been requesting and advising people to stay indoors. But for the first time in years, the entire city is witnessing a lockdown and authorities can prosecute those found violating the order,� said an official.
City police have deployed a large force of officers at earmarked crossings to check the movement of vehicles. Multiple teams are patrolling the city to ensure people stay indoors.