On Friday 19th June, the Union Health Ministry asked all the states to replicate Karnataka’s initiative to fight against the COVID-19. Karnataka’s initiative developed as a part of the “whole of the government” approach with the involvement of multi-sectoral agencies and supported by technology-based solutions and interventions. State Government was highly praised by the Union Health Ministry and said “The Centre has asked the other states to adopt these best practices to their local context and replicate them for better management of the Covid-19 pandemic,”.
Karnataka broadens the definition of “contact” as it is the most essential way to minimize the chances of getting affected. They have included both high-risk and low-risk contacts in the definition. They have been effectively tracing and tracking the cases.
The centre has therefore asked all the states to follow Karnataka’s initiative to fight against the pandemic situation and include all the multi-sectoral agencies.
Even the World Economic Forum says to learn lessons from Karnataka’s initiative. They said that around 80% of the queries received by the Government of Karnataka on social media and through its helpline numbers – as well as a Telegram group called Sahaya that was set up with support from volunteers.
It is related to non-COVID-19 emergencies, such as delivering medicines to the elderly as they are housebound, securing curfew passes from the police for emergencies, bringing food and essentials to individuals under quarantine, and, last but not least, ensuring migrant laborers and informal workers have access to groceries and food when they have no job and no earnings. These ration and food requests are converted into tasks by the state’s digital command centre, and are assigned to volunteer teams in the areas where the requests originate.
Karnataka has mandated to register on “Seva Sindhu” postal for all the returnees and all the travelers who visit Karnataka. They are also using the “Quarantine Watch App” to assist the field workers.
The ministry said, “The state has also formed Mobile Squads for enforcement of the home quarantine through community participation. In case information is received from the neighbour or public about violation of quarantine by any person, that person is moved to the institutional quarantine,”.