Home isolation patients remotely monitored from new DC Office
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Home isolation patients remotely monitored from new DC Office

July 12, 2020

Dedicated call centre traces contacts; watches home and facility-quarantined persons

By M.T. Yogesh Kumar

Mysore/Mysuru: In its efforts to augment contact tracing exercise to help contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 and to monitor patients who are in home quarantine as per the new guidelines issued by the State Government, the Mysuru District Administration has set up a tele monitoring system where dedicated Government employees are systematically monitoring patient health progress. 

A dedicated contact tracing call centre has also been established where Government employees trace the contact history of Coronavirus-infected patients and are also ensuring that home and facility quarantine norms are not violated. 

While the tele monitoring system for remote monitoring has been set up at the new Deputy Commissioner’s Office at Siddarthanagar, the contact tracing call centre has been set up at the office of the Mysore Palace Board. The team that traces the primary and secondary contacts of COVID-19 positive patients has been shifted to the new DC Office from the District Health Office at Nazarbad. 

Centralised vitals monitoring system

The tele monitoring system is a centralised vitals monitoring system, which will allow frontline workers to monitor multiple patients under home quarantine simultaneously from a central location. As of last evening, there over 78 patients who are isolated at homes and a 10-member counselling team has been formed on July 8 to monitor their day-to-day activities and health. 

Mysuru DC Abhiram G. Sankar told reporters yesterday that those who are isolated at homes and their caretaker are counselled by the team round the clock. “Information is collected three times a day on patient condition, co-morbidities and patient appetite and other related medical conditions and the collated details are sent to doctors for medical advice. The same is conveyed to the patient caretaker and only if the condition of the patient is serious, the person will be shifted to the designated hospital,” he said. 

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Through the call centre, all the quarantined people are called and asked questions which enable the medical team to analyse their needs and ascertain if they were following the guidelines. The team has been provided mobile phones and SIM cards by the District Administration. 

Psycho-social counsellors 

“Patients and their attendants are very cooperative and we perform the role of psycho-social counsellors. We deal with psychological pressures felt by patients and counsel them with repeated reassurance on their health. Patient recovery is our ultimate aim and we work in that direction,” one of the team members told Star of Mysore this morning. Food and Civil Supplies Department Joint Director Shivanna is the Nodal Officer of the team.

Picture shows the team that is functioning at contact tracing call centre at the office of the Mysore Palace Board.

Pinpointing the contacts 

The contact tracing call centre functions from the office of Mysore Palace Board. There are two groups with 10 members each functioning at the call centre every alternate day.

The work entails tracing contacts of every COVID-19 positive patient, how they may have contracted the infection, the people they might have spread the virus to and dealing with psychological pressures felt by patients or those under quarantine. 

“Contact tracing starts with the patient. The reference point is the infected person and we reach others through them. People who travelled and communicated with them need to be identified. The challenge was pinpointing the contacts. Mapping out the journey is not difficult with regard to travel history. The rest depends on the memory of the patient,” said an officer who works in the group. 

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In addition, the phones of those persons quarantined are geo-fenced (tracked by GPS) and if they move out of the quarantine centre or from their homes, an automated alert is issued to the call centre. “We call the persons and warn them not to venture out of homes. In extreme cases, the Police are informed to take action on violators,” the officer said. 

On an average one person in the team makes over 300 calls per day and the entire 10-member team makes over 3,000 calls from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Later, the reports are collated in a spreadsheet and sent to the District Health Officer. Calls are made within the Mysuru District boundaries and officials from Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Regional Commissioner’s Office and MUDA Office. 

The call centre teams are supervised by V.N. Poornima, District Coordinator, Swachh Bharat Mission at Zilla Panchayat and Deputy Tahsildar Girija. Nodal Officer is Dr. M Krishnaraju, Deputy Secretary (Development) at Zilla Panchayat.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Home isolation patients remotely monitored from new DC Office”

  1. Hey Covid-19 says:

    Meanwhile Bollywood God Father ,Amitabh Bachhan, was tested positive for the Corona Virus, don’t ask how he got it along with a member of his family, with all the luxury and space they have got to be careful without going out of their very large house to buy things , But VIP he is, has checked himself , along with his family member into the most expensive private hospital in Vile Parle, Mumbai with all en suite facilities and m services that go with a five-star accommodation as a war, fit to the God Father. The Hospital knows, he has got heaps of cash to dish out.
    That is the news in all Indian dailies today. Jai Hind!!

  2. Questo says:

    Can someone teach Mysore DC or anyone who is managing these centers about the concepts of social distancing and masks? It appears they putting the volunteers and the employees under great risk by getting them all in such terrible working conditions where chairs are close to each other, a large number of people are compelled to share a single table, and many appear to be ignorant about wearing the masks.

  3. Shankar says:

    SOM journalists/photographers, over the last several weeks, have done an excellent job of covering the news related to public health and has vividly depicted the ignorance of people, including VIPs, about COVID-19 spread. Mysore DC should get a daily copy of SOM and at least read the comment section about public health.

  4. Hello, hello! says:

    The DC, though an IAS officer,having become one by passing the IAS exams with top score and having been trained, is controlled by the district minister, as he takes instructions fro him. He has no independence of action.
    This setting of his office would have been discussed with the minister, as it is part of policy decision,which would have been arrived at a meeting with the minister presiding.
    As for the condition of work there, these employees should be happy that they have the job, as the Virus has obliterated businesses that employ people. They would have been Virus-tested too., and would have been asked to report every day, if there was any change in their health conditions. This room , it can be guessed,is a room which would have been sanitised every day. Social distancing with these many people who may have to interact, when they are tested and cleared and work in a room which is sanitised? No, as the environment in the room would be free of the Virus, and people working there certified negative.
    They are not dealing with educated people, but most of those who need advice, are often not educated, and hence needing clear instructions. Speaking through mask is not possible with the recipients receiving instructions through their cell phones.
    But objecting to not observing social distance and not wearing masks for those , not under controlled conditions are another matter.
    It is clear posters who criticise, often do have the experience of interacting with vulnerable people, not have the experience of working in a sanitised room, and above all, not have the experience of what it means without a job. One should give credit to the DC who is smart, and he worked hard to get where he is today He is a young man with responsibilities for a district, unlike shall we say some techies . who got through H1 Visa hurdles.

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