Over 600 suspected COVID-19 cases in Chellanam; allegations of govt hiding actual figures
Kochi: The West Kochi Coast Protection Committee has raised concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases at Chellanam where community transmission is suspected. In a letter to the Chief Minister, the committee informed that Chellanam in Ernakulam is facing a critical condition over the pandemic.
Committee convenor TA Dalphin reported that the situation in Chellanam is more critical than the official reports. He alleged that the preventive measures taken to control the disease in the region are not effective.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi.com, he noted that the government is not releasing the actual figures of COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar confirmed that 35 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Chellanam.
“There are chances for community transmission at wards 15, 16, and 17 in Chellanam. Only 3 health workers are working in the primary health care centre here. Though COVID-19 cases were confirmed here in the first week of July, only 220 samples have been collected so far. Only those who have symptoms are being taken for the test. After the test, they are allowed to go home. At least three days are taken to publish the result. During this period, the suspected people are in contact with their family and neighbours. Hence, more than 600 people are likely to have contracted the virus through contact,” said Dalphin.
“Apart from those who have undergone the COVID-19 test, there are some people with mild symptoms like cold, throat pain and inability to smell properly. Such people are not taken for COVID-19 test. The government confirmed that 34 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Chellanam till Monday. But, we have the complete list of 80 people who are under treatment for COVID-19. The government took action to correct the figures after we forwarded a letter to the Chief Minister,” he added.
“While hearing the case over installing geotube in Chellanam, the High Court had asked the government to clarify the arrangements to shift the COVID-19 patients during a sea attack. Responding to the court two weeks ago, the government had stated that a treatment centre with 50 beds is ready to accommodate the patients. But so far no action has been taken in this regard,” Dalphin alleged.
Meanwhile, the district authority has decided to initiate strict action to prevent the spread of the disease in Chellanam following the review meeting. A first-line treatment centre with 50 beds will be opened in the building close to St. Antony’s church in Chellanam. Samples of 226 people will be collected every day from here for testing.