Centre frames procedure for Omicron clients


New Delhi: In the wake of Omicron cases being identified in a couple of places in the nation, the Union health ministry on Wednesday wrote to states and Union Territories, mentioning that clients of the brand-new coronavirus version need to be treated in designated Covid facilities with separate isolation area.

It has actually to be ensured that no cross-infection happens and sufficient precautions are taken by healthcare employees in these centers to avoid transmission to name a few clients and health care workers, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated in a letter to states and union areas (UTs).

Bhushan encouraged them to frequently review and ensure that samples of positive cases of global travellers and their contacts along with from emerging locations are without delay submitted to INSACOG laboratories for genome sequencing according to protocol.

Further to include spread, it is essential that states and UTs follow a mission mode and focused method of quickly tracking main and secondary contacts of positive cases and help with screening for them, he said. It is crucial to track all contacts of such cases, quarantine them without hold-up and check them according to guidelines, Bhushan said.

Neighborhood surveillance should be prioritised to follow up positive case as well as contacts every day to monitor their scientific status and to keep a look at signs, he stated in the letter.

“International travellers, who have actually gotten here in the community, likewise need to be kept track of by district surveillance teams and their testing on eighth day needs to be ensured if they have actually originated from ‘at-risk’ countries,” the letter from the health ministry stated.

States and UTs ought to likewise undertake increased monitoring for identifying unusual events such as new clusters of Covid positive cases, vaccination development cases and reinfection cases, besides timely examination of such events by their fast action teams, it said.

They need to send out all favorable samples from these events to designated genome sequencing labs of INSACOG for whole-genome sequencing, the letter stated.

Published at Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:47:15 -0600