Gurugram: Covid tests to be scaled up in rural areas for festive season

GURUGRAM: With the festive season round the corner, the health department will ramp up Covid testing with emphasis on rural areas. The department is drawing up a new testing schedule and will start the drive from October 19.

The villages to be covered include Palra, Mandpura, Haileymandi, Bhora Kalan and Ghangola. Health officials said that although rural areas Daultabad, Bhondsi, Pataudi and Sohna have been covered in previous drives, their focus so far was on urban areas.

“We have been covering urban areas on a large scale and the number of Covid-19 cases in the urban areas is static in the last few weeks. Now, we have rejigged our startegy and decided to focus more on rural areas. Moreover, villagers will come out in large numbers in the festive season and that is why we have to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 is contained in the rural areas,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer.

Around 14 test camps will be set up at various locations till October 25, with a target of 98 camps in the entire week, said officials. The health department is also analysing the data of the number of cases received from rural areas so far.

According to Dr MP Singh, district urban nodal officer, health department of Gurugram, the emphasis on rural belts is not becuase of rising cases in these places. “We are going to focus more on rural areas because these places were not covered extensively in the earlier camps. We will conduct 100 tests per day in each camp, and the ratio of RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests in our camps is in the ratio of 70:30,” he said.

The average number of active cases in Gurugram in October has been less than 2,500. However, the number of active cases has also crossed 2,800 in September.

The health department has tested more than 3 lakh people so far for Covid-19. According to the data, they have tested 3,11,342 people so far, out of which 2,83,200 tested negative and 25,140 tested positive so far.

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