With no relief from the increasing case of COVID 19 cases, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has asked the factory workers and the highly vulnerable groups in apartment complexes to undergo a COVID 19 test to control the spread of cases by undetected contacts.
Bengaluru: A hotspot for COVID 19 virus
Bengaluru continues to remain a hotspot for the Coronavirus pandemic having more than 2.5 lakhs positive cases and approximately 54,000 active cases. Although BBMP issued a notice to all the zonal officers on September 9, it took only effect till September end as officials were putting efforts and sending mobile medical teams to visit industrial clusters and apartment complexes, so the workers and residents get tested for COVID 19 virus.
While BBMP is putting their most efforts to control the spread of the Covid 19 virus and increasing the speed of testing, many families are stepping back by hiding their mild symptoms and get themselves tested for the Coronavirus due to the fear of stigma.
COVID 19 test only for the high-risk groups in apartments
However, the BBMP order stated that all the residents of apartment complexes must be tested for COVID 19, commissioner N Manjunath Prasad clarified that they had given the residents of apartments an option to get only those tested who are in the high risks groups. The testing process has been delegated to zonal teams. Prasad added that their intentions are to control the spread of the virus in labor-intensive factories.
P Rajendra Cholan, BBMP special commissioner (health), said that all zones were implementing the order from the last week. They have increased the mobile medical teams to five per zone for the purpose and one static team for testing.
Meeting with resident welfare association
In a recent meeting with the resident welfare association, BBMP instructed them to list the elderly and those with the SARI or ILI symptoms and get them tested. A BBMP official said, “We don’t intend to test everyone in the apartments as it will increase the workload on laboratories and wastage of test kits.”
An order issued by Yelahanka instructed that all the apartments, factories, and commercial establishments get RT-PCR tests done and thus to prevent the pandemic from going into the community-spread stage. A special and dedicated testing team has been made to go to the residential apartments, factories, and commercial establishments to protect the elderly and those with SARI and other co-morbidities.