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‘Precision Health Platform’

Published on May 30, 2021
Current Context: India’s first city-wide Environmental Surveillance Platform was launched in Bengaluru by the Karnataka Government.
‘Precision Health Platform’
  • The name of the platform is ‘Precision Health Platform’. And it is the first of its kind in Asia.
  • It is the city-wide surveillance system that will track COVID-19 at an early stage so that the preparations to tackle it can be made soon.
  • With the help of this platform, sewage from both sewered and non-sewered wastewater will be collected to test to identify new clusters of new infections and measure antimicrobial resistance in the population.
  • After analysis, and collecting the test results, the expert team will work to frame policy measures to stop the COVID-19.
  • To develop this platform, the state government was associated with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Skoll Foundation-supported COVIDactionCollab (CAC).
  • The approach of ‘Precision Health Platform’ was developed by COVIDactionCollab, which is an India-wide collaborative of over 300 organizations and networks working together to provide COVID-19 relief and recovery services to the country’s most vulnerable communities.
  • The CAC supported the state government by providing training for sanitation workers and lab technicians on collecting and transporting sewage samples to labs for testing and analysing and safely disposing of them.
  • By developing such a platform, Bangalore has joined the Netherlands, Finland, and Israel.
  • The platform will thus help the government to take prior preventive measures to stop the spread of pandemic rather than reacting after the crisis has occurred.

Question: 

Q.1 India’s first city-wide Environmental Surveillance Platform was launched in which city?
a. Amritsar
b. Lucknow
c. Bengaluru
d. Mumbai

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