Grappling with the Covid spike, the city corporation has switched to firefighting mode. The civic body has roped in 500 frontline workers, who, armed with thermal scanners and pulse oximeters, will conduct door-to-door health surveys.
Corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara, who attended an orientation programme held for the workers at VOC Ground on Thursday, said the corporation plans to reduce the burden on the healthcare sector and healthcare professionals by encouraging home isolation.
Talking to reporters, Sunkara said that a 350-bed facility with oxygen concentrators has been set up at Codissia centre. “Another 300-bed facility will soon be ready at the centre. A 50-bed facility is ready at Srinivasapuram marriage hall. A control room has been opened at RS Puram to coordinate Covid-19 prevention works and to facilitate home isolation,” he said.
“We have chalked out a plan to tackle various scenarios such as 500, 1,000, 2,000 or 4,000 cases a day. As many as 6,000 tests are conducted a day. Several lab technicians have also been increased to test samples. In addition to sanitary inspectors, 25 health inspectors have been appointed,” the commissioner said.
The corporation has ordered chemicals, medicines, sanitisers, masks, gloves and face shields required at Covid care centres. They are expected to be delivered today, Sunkara added.
Meanwhile, health officials of the corporation have instructed residents to register family functions organized in restaurants, marriage halls, temples and community halls on https://covid.ccmc.gov.in/ccmc/bookingintimation to check if Covid-19 regulations are followed.
Coimbatore Corporation requests residents to cooperate with the frontline workers when they visit houses.
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