Respiratory disease patients to be observed; testing to be increased in 4 districts
Thiruvananthapuram: As the number of COVID-19 patients increases day by day, it has been decided to trace all respiratory disease patients and put them under observation. Those who have fever symptoms will be subjected to COVID tests.
The health department has taken a decision in this regard after assessing the statistics of two weeks. Among the COVID patients in the state, 12,456 were infected in the first week of September. 53 deaths also were reported.
Testing will be increased in Malappuram, Kasaragod, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts where the number of patients is too high. It was found that the positivity rate is high in these districts since August last week.
Programmes for individual awareness will be held in all districts. People will be trained to observe themselves and use the pulse oximeter to observe the level oxygen in the body.
Kollam district model
The model of COVID resistance in Kollam district by forming communities of a dozen houses will be expanded in other districts. They also used to provide counselling for the COVID patients with the help of recovered patients.
The 'closed support group' system in Kollam suggests that only the members of the 12 households in the cluster should interact with each other in order to avoid transmission to more people.
High death rate in Kannur
The highest death rate in August was recorded in Kannur with 0.86 percent. The average death rate in Thiruvananthapuram was 0.71 and is in the second spot.
Palakkad (0.03 percent) and Kottayam (0.07) are the districts with low death rates. The state average of death rate is 0.43 percent.