In Assam Villages, ASHA Employees Lead a Covid Fight. Kanika Rabha of Asha and nurse Rashmi Kachari of Asha is screening around 400 people in Assam’s Jimirigaon area for Covid symptoms.
Additionally, they monitor individuals who are isolates at home and check their oxygen levels twice daily.
“When the first case was found in the villages, we were terrified. Even now, we are concerned, but we must defeat Covid. And defend the community, which is why we are doing this “According to Kanika Rabha.
In Assam, when Covid numbers increasing in rural areas. The state restarts its community monitoring program after success in containing the initial wave.
“We frequently talk with individuals and search for the individuals who have a fever, a hack, a cold, or different manifestations; we then, at that point archive and report on such cases., as well as arrange for a medical team to visit them and provide medications,” Rashmi Kachari said.
As with Jimirigaon, Assam’s 26,000 villages will be surveying as part of a rural health worker-led community surveillance initiative. Around 24,000 ASHA employees will perform door-to-door surveys.
Apart from the ASHA employee, each surveillance team includes a nurse, a physician, a laboratory technician, and a paramedic.
A total of 1.88 crore individuals have been survey as of June 17.
In only 15 days, almost 24,000 of Assam’s 26,000 villages were covers. Additionally, 2.93 lakh covid tests have been conducting at the village level, resulting in the identification of 9,000 positive cases. The villages polled had a positivity rating of 3.24 percent, which is somewhat higher than the state’s average (3.05 percent).
Along with testing and isolating individuals exhibiting Covid signs, rural healthcare personnel discovers patients with diarrhea, malaria, and even Japanese Encephalitis.
“We have two rapid response teams ready; whenever we receive information from an ASHA worker about a positive case or people who need treatment. We rush with oxygen cylinders and other equipment to the village and begin preliminary treatment,” said Bhaskar Bharali. The Mataikhar Primary Health Centre’s Medical Officer (PHC).
“We’ve created an emergency Covid stabilization facility where we keep life-saving medications and, after the patient is stabilized, we transport them to Covid hospitals,” said Kailash Kartik, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup rural district.