Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nellore admin keeps tight vigil at Chennai airport on foreign returnees

Nellore: Following a report of first case of Omicron in Vizianagaram district, the administration alerted the medical and health department and tightened vigil at the Chennai International Airport for screening and to follow up health status of foreign returnees. A team consisting of three doctors and six health assistants were deputed at the airport for round-the-clock monitoring of foreign returnees and alerting the district administration in case of any Covid positive case reports.

The details of air passengers are being uploaded on the website of state government where state authorities pass on the data to district administration for necessary action. The team members were provided with test kits for conducting medical tests for passengers from risk countries.

In fact, earlier, lack of keen monitoring was a setback for increasing cases in the district. On their way to the district, majority returnees were meeting many people, travelling by a cab or train, coming to home and visiting houses of relatives. Even though airport authorities were alerting the administration, there was no proper supervision on the movements of foreign returnees and the situation finally resulted in huge number of cases in the first wave.

21/12/21 PV Prasad/Hans India

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