Can Chinturu in East Godavari serve as a model for Covid deployment?

RAJAHMUNDRY: The strict adherence to advisory, tribal discipline and joint efforts of the health department, police and revenue department has helped the Agency in East Godavari keep fearful corona virus at bay. The tribe's approach to locking could serve as a lesson for the urbane middle class.

The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (), Chinturu - comprised of Chinturu, Koonavaram, VR Puram and Yetapaka - stands for example. Despite sharing borders with the three states -, Odisha and Telangana - and facing huge influx of migrant workers from these states, not a single case has been registered in this area.

Ramana, ITDA-Chinturu project official, said We are experiencing an influx of migrants from Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana working on chili cultivation by setting up checks and mandal- level. If a migrant wants to leave, they are sent to their home state after staying in quarantine temporarily. ”

He said rations were being distributed to 42,000 division ration card holders with the help of 1,000 village volunteers and NGOs. In addition, food baskets consisting of vegetables and other essentials were distributed to the inhabitants of hill villages, he said.

The project official said the people of the tribe supported their efforts to stop gatherings for festivals and wedding ceremonies. Moreover, the NREGS works have been ramped up to pump money into the economy.

About 100 people including migrant workers in the area were tested using the rapid diagnostic kit and another 300 hundred tests will be conducted using Trunat RT-PCR technology in the coming days, said Ramana. While village volunteers have taken on the task of distributing essentials, the administration is considering using the services of teachers in the area to increase awareness.

Police women and local volunteers are investigating smuggling of illicit alcohol. Twenty quarantine centers are kept ready to handle 2,000 people, if needed. Facilitation centers have been set up for migrant workers. Around 60 migrant workers are ready to return to Odisha and ITDA is making repairs.

The area is also a hotbed of Maoist activity. Arif Hafeez, additional charge, special duty officer, said friendly policing in the area provided good results.

Police are distributing rations and soaps to residents. Hafeez said area residents have been active in conservation. They make social trips even to small grocery shops in remote villages and do not allow outsiders in the villages.

Dr Padmaja, deputy district medical and health officer, said a 600-member army of health officials had been transferred through eight primary health centers, the community health center in Koonavaram and the area hospital in Chinturu. He said health workers were able to reach the hill villages to keep track of them. He informed that six examples were tested, all of which were negative.