Hyderabad: To ensure universal availability of Covid-19 diagnostic tests and reach-out to individuals who often find it difficult to visit designated Covid testing centres, the health officials on Friday said that free Covid testing will be done at bus stands, railway stations, malls, IT Parks etc, where there is a possibility of mass gathering.
At present, there are 1,096 designated Covid testing centres across the State. However, it is not possible for all individuals to visit these facilities. In order to cover such individuals, the health department will establish testing centres at places of mass gatherings, Director of Public Health (DPH), said Dr G Srinivasa Rao on Friday in a review meeting with all District Medical and Health Officials (DM&HOs).
“Almost 70 per cent of Covid positive patients are asymptomatic and there is a need to identify such persons at the earliest to prevent further spread of the virus,” he said. For quick identification of cases, the cadre of ASHA and ANMs workers will conduct door-to-door visits in the districts to identify individuals with symptoms of Covid and seasonal ailments like swine flu, malaria, dengue etc.
Almost all the PHCs and CHCs in the State have adequate supply of oxygen cylinders. In addition to this, the health authorities have also procured another 750 cylinders, DPH said.
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