Lucknow: Coming out in support of India’s most populated state of Uttar Pradesh in controlling Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the Yogi government for its COVID-19 management strategy. The WHO termed state’s attempt to fight the deadly coronavirus as ‘exemplary’ and a good example for other states to follow.
“The UP government’s strategic response to COVID-19 by stepping up contact tracing efforts is exemplary and can serve as a good example for other states,” Roderico Ofrin, WHO Country Representative, said in the statement.
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his officers are on their toes to control the spread of the virus. The global health body appreciated the efforts made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government for the management of COVID-19, especially in tracking high-risk contacts. According to the officials, more than 70,000 front-line health workers worked across the state to reach out to high-risk contacts of positive cases.
Acknowledging contact tracing as an essential public health tool for controlling the pandemic, Ofrin in the statement said: “Systematic tracking of contacts through a proper mechanism is the key, along with a well-trained health workforce to implement the surveillance activities. The WHO team provided technical support to the state government to boost contact tracing efforts and strengthen the capacity of field teams through training.”
“Field monitors assessed the quality of contact tracing of 58,000 COVID-19 positive cases in 75 districts and found that 93 per cent of the high-risk contacts were traced and tested,” said Madhup Bajpai, Regional Team Leader, Uttar Pradesh Region, WHO-NPSP (National Police Surveillance Project).