In a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, the town civic body – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to launch a programme involving doctors making door-to-door visits, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said. The Palike will launch the initiative from August 16 and therefore the doctors will provide medical kits and record vaccination data on a newly built app. Initially, two wards would be selected in each Assembly segment for the programme and a team of doctors, paramedics and ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers would visit every house and screen the households, the Minister’s office said during a press statement. Gradually, the door-to-door visits by doctors would be extended to all or any of the 29 lakh houses in Bengaluru, the statement said. For this, an app has been developed wherein the patients would be screened for any symptoms and comorbidities. the info would be uploaded on the app, the Minister’s office press statement read. Initially, around 108 teams would be despatched, it said. Noting that the daily Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru are around 400 over the last 40 days, the Minister said, “Currently, 181 patients are admitted to the govt hospitals and 462 to non-public hospitals." an enormous number of cases were being reported from Yelahanka, Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli constituencies, and most of the cases were from apartments. “We will ask marshals and health officers to stay tabs on apartments and if anyone is stopped, criminal action is going to be initiated. We will come up with detailed guidelines soon during this regard and keep tabs on hotels also," he said. “We will review the Covid-19 situation after Assumption and take tough decisions if things warrant," he added. Earlier last week, the BBMP had launched a serosurvey expected to cover 2,000 people, of which 30 per cent will be under the age of 18 50% aged 18-45 and 20% aged above 45 years. Blood samples of 1,000 vaccinated individuals and 1,000 non-vaccinated individuals will be collected for the survey, officials had said. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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