SRINAGAR: Stepping up the response for effective epidemiological investigations, the government Friday constituted a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to speed up investigations and contact tracing of Covid-19 patients.
An order issued by Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, the team has experts from the specified specialties to provide assistance with regard to epidemiological investigation and contact tracing of confirmed cases.
The team includes Dr S M Salim Khan, Professor & Head Social and Preventive Medicine along with his staff, Dr Irfan Ali, Associate Professor Medicine, Dr Muzaffar Maqbool, Associate Professor Medicine, and Dr. Asifa Nazir, Associate Professor, Microbiology.
The team as per the order has been constituted in view of positive cases being reported from various districts. “Such cases are required to be immediately investigated epidemiologically. Further such samples also need to be collected from high-risk contacts as per the epidemiological investigation,” reads the order.
The order directs that complete details of all the positive cases investigated along with the follow up of contacts (including sample results of high-risk contracts) are also required to be communicated to the state surveillance officer and GOI accordingly.
The Rapid Response Team, the order says is directed to undertake immediate action with regard to newly reported positive cases and provide daily feedback to the GMC principal.