Home / India News / Health Ministry says urban areas need to improve disease surveillance Surveillance system for Covid-19 in urban areas should be strengthened and strict perimeter control be maintained in containment zones with Section 144 enforced to ensure people remain in their dwelling units, according to the health ministry’s guidelines on coronavirus management in urban settlements released on Saturday. In most of the cities or towns, the disease surveillance system is not as well organised as in the rural areas, the health ministry guidance document for preparedness and response to Covid-19 in urban settlements said, asserting that this is more so pronounced in these urban settlements. “Hence, the surveillance system shall be strengthened for surveillance and contact tracing mechanism. This would include identification of the health workers in the health posts/dispensaries, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), ASHAs, Anganwadi Workers, municipal health staff, sanitation staff, community health volunteers and other volunteers etc,” the guidance document said. An orientation training will
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