Amidst a rising number of the novel coronavirus cases and apprehensions of community spread, the Punjab Government has decided to start house-to-house surveillance across the State. For the same, the State Government has launched a mobile-based app — ‘Ghar Ghar Nigrani’.
The first of its kind initiative to undertake house-to-house surveillance in the State would be an ongoing process until the elimination of the pandemic. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh released the mobile app ‘Ghar Ghar Nigrani’ to stop the social spread of the Corona epidemic. Under which every house in the state will be monitored until this epidemic is completely eradicated. Releasing the app via video conference in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, the Chief Minister said that this effort of the Health Department will be helpful in early detection and testing of coronavirus which will help in preventing mass spread. The campaign will include Asha workers and community volunteers.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Anurag Aggarwal said that under this campaign all the urban and rural populations of Punjab above the age of thirty years will be surveyed. It will also cover chronic victims of respiratory disease under the age of thirty years and those suffering from other serious diseases like viruses.
Aggarwal said that this activity will not be done only once, but it will be a continuous process that will go on until the complete elimination of COVID 19
He said that under the survey, complete data will be prepared for every person suffering from medical conditions and corona as well as other diseases for the last one week. This will create a database that will be helpful in creating further strategies to deal with COVID 19 that will help prevent mass dispersal. This survey has been extended to all health programs as MIS. Will provide a new direction by providing support for based surveillance.