The Union Health Secretary on Wednesday wrote to States/UT's on MoHfw welfare 'Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy to tackle COVID-19. The revised guidelines provide revised strategy for surveillance with focus on early detection, testing, and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases.
Various actions as per revised surveillance guidelines that need to be undertaken by all States and UTS are as follows:
a) Surveillance of Incoming International Travelers - This will include
1. Random screening of 2% of passengers in each incoming flight into india by RT-PCR
2. All positive specimens to be sent for genomic sequencing
Passengers who test positive need to be advised isolation and clinically managed as per prevailing guidelines.
b) Sentinel-sites based surveillance under the revised strategy shall be undertaken through
Health facility-based surveillance:
All healthcare facilities to report Influenza Like Illness (ILI) cases (P form reporting units under IDSP-IHIP)
District Surveillance Officer (DSO), will be responsible to analyse the data and a proportion (1 in 20 ie, 5 %) of such ILI cases shall be tested through RT-PCR.
Monitoring of Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases in all district hospitals & selected tertiary hospitals & undertaking their RT-PCR testing for State IDSP shall share data so generated on a fortnightly basis for Covid-19.
Lab based (Virology) surveillance:
Labs testing for COVID-19 should upload their data on ICMR portal.
c) Community-based Surveillance For early detection of unusual events in the community such as large outbreaks, unusual clinical presentation of cases, mortality. etc., the State/District Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) units shall make use of.
Event-based surveillance through media scanning and verification cell
Event alert generation on IDSP-IHIP portal Indicator based surveillance through routine IDSP/IHIP reporting
These unusual events shall be promptly assessed by the State/District Rapid Response Teams for outbreak investigation.
Meanwhile, India reported 14,506 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours with a daily case positivity rate of 3.35 per cent, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
With this, the active caseload in the country inched closer to the 1 lakh mark as it stands at 99,602.