Margao: The village panchayat of Carmona has halted its weekly garbage collection service due to detection of COVID 19 cases in its jurisdiction. The decision comes as many of those whose throat swab samples were collected as a part of the contact tracing process are still awaiting test reports.
Earlier last week, the village reported two cases of COVID 19 – a person living in a facility shared with 17 other persons was found to be COVID positive. And, second COVID case was found in the house located behind the facility. Soon after that the facility was closed and throat swab samples of the remaining people were collected by the Chinchinim PHC. However, the test reports of the swab samples that were taken on Wednesday are yet to be received.
Speaking to this daily, sarpanch Allwyn Jorge said, “The panchayat has taken several preventive steps. The swab samples of the remaining 17 inmates at the facility have been taken but the test reports are still awaited with bated breath by the villagers as our future course of action depends on the test results. We have advised on quarantining of the inmates till the results are out. On our part, we are also taking precautions. We have temporarily halted the garbage collection so as to prevent the spread of the virus as well as to protect our team of workers collecting the garbage from the virus.”
He also added that the panchayat has started a vigorous public awareness campaign by making announcements calling for contact tracing and requesting the people to undergo a COVID test if they show any symptoms of COVID or if they have any doubt that they have come in contact with the persons who have tested positive for COVID.
“Sanitisation of both the premises, surroundings and public places have been carried out. The villagers have also been supplied with the immunity boosters distributed through the local MLA’s office. The panchayat office has been sanitised as a preventive measure,” added Jorge.