Telangana to trace symptomatic contacts of positive cases | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: After focusing efforts on prioritising testing for symptomatic person, the state health department has come up with a plan to identify possible symptomatic cases. As per the new directive, contacts of positive cases who are showing symptoms will be identified. Earlier, with containment zones barring people into such areas, contact tracing was focused on the source of infection to break the chain.
“In the current scenario, the spread is rapid so we are now focusing on symptomatic contacts of infected persons to give them required treatment and advice,” said an official from health department.

In line with this, GHMC and other health department have started conducting fever surveys to identify those with symptoms. “Every symptomatic person is asked to take precaution, take basic treatment if required and if symptoms grow, they can go to a hospital,” said an official.
Health department director Dr Srinivas Rao said that by focusing on symptomatic persons, prompt action can be taken and that in due course, by identifying all symptomatic persons, the spread of the virus can be contained. Officials said they were following guidelineslaid down by the ICMR.
However, sources on the field informed TOI that in during the fever survey in some areas, people were reluctant to share details. “If we look at the positivity rate at PHC-level, the number of people showing symptoms is not corresponding with the positivity rate. This means there is some hesitancy among people in sharing details,” a GHMC deputy health official told TOI.

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