The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is sending its doctors to the doorsteps of residents to check and monitor them for Covid-19 symptoms and comorbidities under its ambitious ‘Palike Vaidyaru Nimma Mane Bagilige’ (Palike Doctors At Your Doorstep) programme.
BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is sending its doctors to the doorsteps of residents to check and monitor them under Covid-19 symptoms and comorbidities in its ambitious ‘Palike Vaidyaru Nimma Mane Bagilige’ (Palike Doctors at Your Doorstep) program.
Doctors who make door-to-door visits will also provide health advice to the families. The effort is part of measures to stay prepared for a possible third wave of infections. Bengaluru was a hotspot of infections during the first two waves of the pandemic.
The Palike plans to roll out the initiative in phases. In the first phase, 54 wards — two wards from each of the 28 assembly constituencies in the city — have been chosen. The exercise kicked off on Monday.
“We will be able to soon understand if the initiative will have to be taken up in three phases or whether we would need a fourth. It will depend on the feedback we receive after the first two phases,” said Gaurav Gupta, BBMP chief commissioner.
Five teams have been formed to scour each ward and each team will have five members including a medical officer (MBBS/ BDS/ Ayush) and paramedics. Each team will have to survey a minimum of 50 houses every day.
The doctors in every team will wear a white apron with ‘Palike Vaidyaru Nimma Mane Bagilige’ emblazoned on it, and each team will be provided with a vehicle to help them move around.
In case a person is found to be Covid-19 positive during the course of the team’s home visit, he or she will be provided with a home isolation kit from the local primary health centre. “In case of any symptoms, our medical officers will make it a point to test the citizens and provide medical advice accordingly,” Gupta added.
Gupta further said, “The initiative is basically to assess the health of people. To begin with, it will be confined to the 54 wards that have been selected. We will cover the remaining wards in due course. The idea is to understand the health profile, comorbidities, vaccination status of people, besides assuring them that there is no reason for any sort of panic.”