Download Essential Services List of 2022 PDF
The virus transmits through the human host. It is imperative to understand that in order to contain the transmission of the virus, the strategies involve not just containing the virus but also the human host.
Broadly, the strategies are
1. Individual actions such as wearing of masks, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, sanitizing one’s hands frequently and not attending any mass gathering: and
2. Public Health measures to contain the virus by:
- Quarantining and testing individuals suspected to be positive including contacts of SARS-CoV-2 positive persons, SARI cases, persons with flu like symptoms etc. and ensuring that they are not mobile and thus able to spread the infection
- Isolating all those who are positive, tracing their contacts, quarantining and testing them.
- where there are clusters of cases, simply quarantining individuals or families will not help. In that case, containment zones with clear boundaries and stringent controls will be required to ensure that the infection does not spread outside. This is in line with the containment strategy followed worldwide and also already enumerated in SOPs of the Ministry of Health. This would mean a large geographical area like a city or distract or well defined parts thereof, where cases are high and spiraling up, gets contained physically, However, regulated movement of public transport would be permitted.
3. Evidence Based Decision: The decision on where and when to go for large Containment Zone (CZ) has to be evidence based and done at the State/UT level after proper analysis of the situation, such as: the population affected, the geographical spread. the hospital infrastructure, manpower, the ease of enforcing boundaries etc.
Essential Services List
- Supply of Groceries (wholesalers and retailers)
- Supply of Fresh fruits and vegetables (mandis and retailers)
- Supply of drinking water
- Dispensing of petrol, diesel at designated pumps
- Milk shops and dairies and related products
- Food processing units
- Supply of cattle feed and fodder
- Medicines and other pharmaceuticals (retailers, wholesalers and manufacturing)
- Banks and ATMs
- Supply of LPG (domestic and commercial)
- Health services (including movement of staff thereof)
- Manufacturing of health and medical equipment
- Telecom operators and their designated agencies
- Post offices
- Loading and unloading of Wheat and Rice at FCI and State Food depots.
- Transportation of essential commodities through National and State Highways (Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene, Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, groceries, FC1 supplies etc.)