Gurugram: The Haryana government invoked the necessary section of Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 to combat coronavirus effectively. Following which, the Gurugram district health department held a meeting with 50 medical representatives of government and private hospitals to issue guidelines and measures to be taken regarding the management of novel coronavirus in the district.
During the meeting, the officials of World Health Organization (WHO) and the health department briefed the medical representatives about the effect of coronavirus across the globe, precautions and guidelines to be taken while treating the suspected cases.
The medical representatives were directed to report the suspected case who has travel history with virus affected nation and showing symptoms of the disease.
They have also put emphasis on the basic hygienic etiquettes including regular hand washing, covering nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing to curb the spread of disease.
Bindu Yadav, member of WHO said, “So far, the disease has been contained in the nation with strict vigil and prompt response by the health department. Isolation and quarantine is important to curb the transmission of the disease.”
According to the health officials, the testing centre for COVID-19 cases for Gurugram, Faridabad, Mewat and Palwal is now National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). People who have travel history of the affected nation, contact history with affected person, were advised to stay in isolation at home for the period of 28 days.
The health department directed the government and private hospital to set up separate flu corner to scrutinise the suspected cases of coronavirus.
The department have also constituted 19 teams having 7-8 members each to examine all the suspected cases.
While talking to CitySpidey, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jaswant Singh Poonia said that the health department is fully prepared and taking all measures to restrict the spread of disease.
“This is a matter of serious concern. We need everyone's cooperation to deal with the situation. We have issued a notification regarding the Act to all the hospitals and urged the medical professionals to treat every case with adherence to proper guidelines. The patient, who shows symptoms of coronavirus, should be immediately reported to the health department. There is no need to panic as we are fully prepared,” he said.