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Volume 28, Supplement—December 2022

India Field Epidemiology Training Program Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020–2021

Sujeet Kumar Singh, Tanzin Dikid, Meera Dhuria, Arti Bahl, Ramesh Chandra, Vaisakh Thandayamparambil Pradeep, Surendra Mohan Prajapati, Nishant Nirwan, Lipsy Paul, Manoj Murhekar, Prabhdeep Kaur, Ganeshkumar Parasuraman, Prashant Bhat, Sheila Longkumer, Kevisetuo Anthony Dzeyie, Pankaj Bhatnagar, Nhu Nguyen Tran Minh, Sukarma Tanwar, Rajesh Yadav, and Meghna DesaiComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi, India (S.K. Singh, T. Dikid, M. Dhuria, A. Bahl, R. Chandra, T.P. Vaisakh, S.M. Prajapati, N. Nirwan, L. Paul); National Institute of Epidemiology, Indian Council for Medical Research, Tamil Nadu, India (M. Murhekar, P. Kaur, G. Parasuraman, P. Bhat); World Health Organization Country Office, Delhi (S. Longjumer, K.A. Dzeyie, P. Bhatnagar, N.T. Minh); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention India Country Office, New Delhi, India (S. Tanwar, R. Yadav, M. Desai)

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Table 2

Policy implications of select COVID-19 response efforts by the India Field Epidemiology Training Program, March 2020–June 2021*

Response type FETP officers Location and date Policy implications
COVID-19 cluster containment in the initial phase of the pandemic
Northern India, March 2020
Implementation of a coordinated containment plan served as a template for management of COVID-19 clusters in India.
COVID-19 outbreak investigation in a healthcare facility
Northern India, March 2020
Infection prevention control checklist developed for routine healthcare delivery during the pandemic (7).
COVID-19 outbreak linked to a fish market—a case-control study
Southern India, June 2020
Findings underpinned the need for adherence to physical distancing, masking, and implementation of testing and contact-tracing programs in marketplaces during periods of ongoing community transmission.
COVID-19 cluster investigation in a residential training institute
Northeastern India, March 2021
Implementation of school infection control assessment tool (8).
Support in establishing digital COVID-19 surveillance system
Southern India, May 2020
Surveillance system provided flexibility to accommodate changes in the testing and contact-tracing guidelines, resulting in optimal testing and contact tracing.
Monitoring consumption of oxygen during the second COVID-19 wave
Southern India, April 2021
Timely interventions reduced the district oxygen requirement by >43% (1,765–1,004 L per patient per day). Similar models were recommended to be replicated in other districts to optimize the oxygen requirement.
Response to Kumbh Mela
Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India, March 2021
Daily feedback from FETP officers led to an overall increase of 21% (62%–83%) in mask use and a 14% (31%–45%) improvement in the correct use of masks among those who were already using a mask.
*FETP, Field Epidemiology Training Program.

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