East Khasi Hills administration stresses on need to monitor elderly with co-morbidities: COVID-19

Shillong, Dec 15: The COVID-19 Task Force of East Khasi Hills district administration has emphasised on the need for close monitoring of the elderly population and of persons with co-morbidities.

The District COVID-19 Task Force which met at the office of the Deputy Commissioner on Monday reviewed the status of COVID-19 cases, testing and deaths in the district.

At the meeting, the District Surveillance Officer informed that there have been seven deaths reported in the span of a week ending December 13, making the total case fatality rate in the district to stand at 1.3 percent.

“However, the case fatality rate among the elderly is high, at 10 percent, while 82 percent of the total deaths are of persons having co-morbidities,” authorities said.

The district administration also informed that in view of a few localities reporting a large number of cases (more than 20), it was decided that active surveillance will continue in such areas and if necessary, areas will be contained to ensure that the transmission chain is stopped.

Meanwhile, the District Medical and Health Officer also informed that many deaths are seen to occur due to late presentation at the hospital and hence it is important that symptoms are not ignored, especially amongst the elderly and co-morbid population, and they should report to the nearest health facility without delay.

Further, the District Surveillance Officer reported that there have been many cases in which positive persons do not reveal their contacts, and also cases in which High Risk Contacts refuse to undergo testing, thereby not giving a complete picture to the health authorities of the extent of transmission which can cause untested positive carriers to infect others resulting in a spike in infections.

The Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo also informed that with the advent of the festive season and a large number of weddings and other gatherings taking place, strict adherence to protocols must be ensured.

Further, she appealed that there should not be stigma associated with positive cases or High Risk persons, since this prevents the persons from extending their full cooperation due to fear of being stigmatized.

Lastly, the Task Force resolved on intensive drives and monitoring to be carried out in all commercial areas to check violators not wearing masks or complying to distancing norms.

Three Random Testing Sites in commercial areas in the city will also be set up.

The Deputy Commissioner appealed to revelers, wedding parties, shoppers and the general public to cultivate both individual and collective responsibility in the coming days so that there is no fresh surge of cases which can cast a shadow over the festive season.

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