Bhubaneswar:15/6/20: National Health Mission (NHM) Director Shalini Pandit today said that door-to-door survey to identify persons with COVID-19 symptoms will start from June 16.
The door-to-door survey will be conducted by ASHA (accredited social health activist) and ANM (auxiliary nursing midwife) workers in Odisha.
Addressing media on COVID-19 management at Geeta Govinda Sadan here on Monday, Pandit said ASHA and ANM workers will visit each and every house in villages and slums in urban areas to identify persons with Corona symptoms. This campaign will begin tomorrow and continue till July 31
She said as per the revised guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) persons having symptoms of COVID-19 and those who had come in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case will be tested for COVID-19.
The NHM director said research has revealed that infection spreads more through persons who have symptoms and it doesn’t spread much through asymptomatic persons even if they test positive for the virus.
She clarified that in Odisha only people identified with symptoms will be tested and close contacts of positive cases will be tested.