The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deployed more Rapid Response teams (RRT) to monitor COVID-19 positive people under home isolation. While there were a total of nine RRTs for three zones, the number has now increased to 30, with 10 RRTs per administrative zone.
The RRTs visit houses of people to check whether patients can stay in home isolation, without being threat to others. They are also responsible for distributing Home Isolation Kits. The kits consists of essential items like ORS packets, essential medicines and IEC materials and contact numbers for Telemedicine consultation.
Each RRT constitutes an AYUSH doctor and a para-medical staff. The strength of the team varies from two to four depending upon the population density of the ward concerned. The RRTs work in tandem with the local Ward Officers and Zonal Deputy Commissioners for coordination in the respective areas.
Depending on the inputs of the RRTs on ground, the COVID-19 positive cases are allowed to stay at home or asked to be shifted to nearby COVID Care Homes, COVID Care Centres or COVID Hospital.
As of August 28, there are 2,391 home isolation cases of COVID-19 across Bhubaneswar.