Thousands of COVID-19 patients are being brought to Village COVID Care Centers (V-CCCs) in the rural areas of East Godavari District because of insufficient space for them to isolate themselves properly in their homes.
The initiative will help prevent the disease from spreading further among family members, officials said.
As of Friday, over 25,000 patients of the 31,673 active cases were in “domestic isolation” and the majority of them are in the villages. The rest of the patients are in hospitals and CCCs. In the villages, house insulation is a luxury for many patients. All patients cannot be placed in CCCs unless they must be supervised by doctors. “The V-CCC initiative was launched in all villages on Thursday. The schools are referred to as V-CCC, which is monitored by the staff of the respective primary health center. The patient is only taken to the CCC or hospital if further medical care is required, ”said joint collector G. Lakshmisha, who inaugurated V-CCCs in Peddapuram and Rajanagaram on Thursday.
“In the coming days, thousands of patients in need of home isolation will be transferred to the V-CCC. It will address problems in finding isolation space in homes in rural areas. It will also prevent the disease from spreading further within the family. If desired, patients can also receive daily groceries from home, ”said collector D. Muralidhar Reddy The Hindu.
Panchayat authorities and ward secretariats have been directed to join the medical and health authorities to run the V-CCCs.
“In total, a lakh poster was delivered to the local authorities. They contain details about COVID-19 and are taped on the patient’s door to warn others not to visit the home, ”said Muralidhar.