Industrial estates on toes to contain virus

Vasco: Flabbergasted by spikes of COVID positive cases at industrial estates, the Goa State Industries Association has decided to shut down seven units of Tulip Diagnostic based at the Verna Industrial Estate for the next 14 days, as the particular firm has reported 136 COVID cases so far heightening fear among the people.

Giving details of the unprecedented measure taken to halt the march of the virus, GSIA president Damodar Kochkar said, “The ISO 13485:2003 company, which manufactures diagnostic kits at the IDC Verna, has its seven units operating. All these units have been directed to undergo shutdown for the next 14 days as over 100 workers working at the seven units have tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Reports of other workers whose throat swabs were collected for COVID-19 are awaited.

“I have obtained lists of all the employees working at the seven units of the company. The maximum of these employees are Goans, who live in different villages across the state,” he elaborated.

The GSIA, which obtained residential addresses of all the infected employees, has been trying to trace primary contacts to contain the spread of virus.

The association has advised those who are sharing rooms or those who are roommates of the infected people to take all precautionary measures so that the virus is prevented from spreading
to others.

To combat the pandemic, the GSIA has constituted teams in all the 23 industrial estates, which work under the guidance of both the district collectors.

Each team is headed by a ‘nodal officer’, who is also the president of that industrial estate.

The association has issued a standard operating procedure to all the companies, mandating them to report to the association on daily basis giving details on COVID cases.

Kochkar said the nodal officers will convey details as regards the COVID situation every day so that necessary precautions can be taken to keep the pandemic at bay.

“I am keeping a close watch on all the industrial estates. I am also in touch with the health secretary and both the district collectors so that firsthand information can be provided to them on time on COVID-19 cases reported on daily basis,” the GSIA chief said. [NT]