News:The Government of India is tracing the people who have come in contact with the Coronavirus patients through it’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme(IDSP).
- Launched in 2004 by the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs with the assistance of the World Bank.
- To strengthen/maintain decentralized laboratory based IT enabled disease surveillance systems for epidemic prone diseases to monitor disease trends and to detect and respond to outbreaks in early rising phase through trained Rapid Response Team(RRTs).
Components of the programme:
- Integrates and decentralises surveillance activities through establishment of surveillance units at Centre, State and District level.
- Trains state surveillance officers, district surveillance officers, RRTs and other medical and paramedical staff on principles of disease surveillance as part of human resource development.
- Uses Information Communication Technology for collection, collation, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data.
- Strengthens public health laboratories.
- Undertakes inter-sectoral coordination for zoonotic diseases.