Health and Finance Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced via twitter on Monday (15th June, 2020), that the Assam Health Department is launching Assam Targeted Surveillance Program (ATSP) from 17th June, 2020, which aims towards conducting more than 50,000 random COVID tests within a period of 1 week, targeting vulnerable areas in Assam.
The medical team is going to collect the samples of people working in locations such as truck parking places, loading and unloading centres, godown areas, weigh bridges, dhabas etc. Staff of hotels used as institutional quarantine will also be tested. Frontline officials including Healthcare Staff, Police Personnel, Transport Department, Administrative Officials, etc. who have been associated with activities related to screening, sample collection, surveillance, quarantine etc. are in the list too. Besides, co-residents of homes of persons, who have been released from various quarantine facilities are going to be tested too. The program is expected to be wrapped up within 27th June. The DCs of the respective areas shall ensure the availability of adequate facilities. Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Assam, will coordinate with DCs for smooth conduct of the targeted surveillance drive.
The authorities have also arranged various health facilities to give the access of testing to the citizens, even without having to visit hospitals. The swab collection will be done ‘FREE OF COST’. The names of the health facilities are enlisted in the photo below.