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Assam restarts its community surveillance, ACSP to control COVID-19 transmission in villages

Two months into the second wave of COVID-19, Assam brings in the heavy artillery — Assam Community Surveillance Plan (ACSP) — that had helped the state ascertain the extent of the virus’s transmission and effectively sensitise people in the remote villages in the first wave of the disease last year.

From June 1, Tuesday, the third phase of ACSP will be mobilised in 28,149 villages of the state.

ACSP in the first phase and the second, which was called Assam Targeted Surveillance Plan (ATSP) or “Nischsyata“, had last year successfully identified and restricted transmission through active testing several cases that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

Under this programme, medical teams armed with COVID volunteers conducted testing focused on hotspot points, like bus terminals, petrol pumps, truck terminals, hotels, police staff, Health staff, municipality staff, etc.

In the Third Phase, 153 health blocks spread across all the 33 districts will conduct their surveillance in over 28 thousand villages.

According to a notification mobilising the third phase, the ACSP has been tasked to record the magnitude of COVID-19 transmission, maintaining a database of all the people entering the villages at a micro-level and keep a watch on all the other diseases for speedy disposal of aid.

“Prior to the launching in districts, all the stakeholders will be trained by the state on the revised concept, roles and responsibilities and data flow to capture the daily performances at the state level. Based on the caseload, necessary additional support will be extended to those districts,” the notification read.

Assam has seen a four-time spike in death cases in the second wave than the first one. As on the latest update last night, about 3,300 people have died and the state has over 52 thousand active cases.

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