To discuss the pertinent topic of the time, measures to tackle the spread of the second COVID wave in rural areas, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi and Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli organized a Panel Discussion with eminent panelists on “Rural Realities | Tamil Nadu Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave” on May 22, 2021.
Dr. Samuel Thomas, Chief Operating Officer (COO), SEESHA NGO, Chennai observed that in certain places, both vaccination and COVID testing happens close by. An appointment system needs to be implemented and the sites must be separated to prevent the situation of super spreading.
He also recommended that the Rapid antigen test could be used in the first stage in the place of RTPCR, the only test recommended in the state, due to delay in announcing results. Moreover, “there should not be any discrimination between the private and public. Allocation of resources should be also done for private hospitals and NGOs who are willing to help”, he said.