Covid penetrated remotest parts of Dakshina Kannada: Expert | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Against the backdrop of the alarming surge in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases that were reported in Dakshina Kannada’s rural pockets, the district administration launched ‘Vaidyara Nade Halli Kade (To the villages shall the doctors go)’ a few weeks ago.
As part of this initiative, medical colleges were entrusted the task of deputing postgraduate students and junior doctors to the villages to help check the spread of the infection, particularly in the remote parts of the district.
Teams deployed by these medical colleges travelled by road, and where there was none, by foot and reached out to thousands of people who were cut off from the mainstream.
These teams traversed a whopping 1,500 villages, wherein they detected 667 people with Covid-19, and early detection of the illness helped check the spread in most of these boroughs.
The team from AJ Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, which was tasked with the management of Covid-19 in Bantwal taluk, visited more than 2,000 households, and tested nearly 10,000 people from the novel coronavirus.
The college kicked off the project on May 13. Associate Professor of the department of community medicine at the college Dr Pradeep Senapati admitted to the task having been an onerous one.
“It was a challenging exercise. Despite the government’s various awareness programmes, people in the villages continue to have reservations about getting tested for the novel coronavirus,” he said.
The college deputed 30 doctors, including postgraduate students and senior faculty, for the initiative. The 30 doctors were divided into six groups. “They visited 18 public health centres, two community health centres and a seva kendra. What we were able to ascertain was that the virus has spread to some of the remotest parts of Bantwal taluk. There is need to intensify testing further,” Dr Senapati added.
Associate professor in the department of community medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru Dr Ramesh Holla said that visits to homes helped detect Covid-19 cases that would otherwise have slipped under the radar.
“At KMC, we launched our rural outreach initiative two weeks ago, and have thus far visited 6,500 households in Moodbidri and Kateel,” said Dr Holla, who also rued the persistent association of stigma with both the infection and those dealing with the illness.
“But the situation is certainly much better than it was during the first wave,” he said. KMC, Mangaluru has deputed a team of 50 members, which comprises interns, senior faculty and 14 laboratory technicians.
Dakshina Kannada district health officer Dr Kishore Kumar told TOI, “This project has acquainted us with the situation prevailing on the ground in the district’s rural pockets, besides helping in identifying those with Covid-19, and tracing their contacts. We will continue with ‘Vaidyara Nade Halliya kade’ till the end of June.”

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