OdishaPlus Bureau

After the state capital saw a steep rise in the COVID-19 cases, four more Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been constituted  to intensify contact tracing in the city. The move is expected to minimise the time taken for contact tracing of COVID positive individuals. The Rapid Response Teams will also be engaged in shifting COVID-19 patients to various dedicated hospitals, COVID Care Centres and home isolation cases.

“Out of these 14 teams, six teams are at zonal level while the rest are at the Central COVID Control Room at BMC. Each RRT constitutes health-care experts from Community Medicine and AYUSH,” BMC said.

The decision to increase the RRTs was taken after a review meeting which was held under the chairmanship of COVID Observer and Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Department, Anu Garg, at the BMC Conference Hall on Friday. The review meeting was also attended by Labour Commissioner Thirumala Nayak and BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary and other senior officials.

Earlier, the contact tracing activities were conducted by 10 RRTs under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area.