At least 77,000 persons recovered from Covid 19 from Pune rural will undergo screening from January till March for post -Covid symptoms, district health officials said.
Experts from the City Covid 19 taskforce have designed a unique programme to prevent long term effects. Dr. D B Kadam, an expert from the task force said that community health officials will involve patients phase-wise.
Ayush Prasad, CEO, Pune Zilla Parishad said this was a unique study to assess post-Covid symptoms and we can keep a track of how the recovered patients are coping. A health card will be used to record details of medical investigations and treatment, he said.
An initial screening will be done at the village level and patients who have symptoms that need attention will be sent to the primary health centre, Dr Kadam said. He pointed out the medical officer at the PHC would examine the patient and based on the severity of the symptoms will recommend a medical check by a specialist doctor at Sassoon General Hospital.
“We want to filter patients to eventually treat those who may have a lasting impact of COVID 19 in terms of severity of symptoms,” Dr Kadam said.
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