They were recruited for their services till July 31, but the health department has issued fresh orders extending their services till October. The health department is not taking any chances of leaving loose ends in the preparation for the third wave. The finance department has also given approval for retaining them till October.
A health department official said Covid health consultants and health assistants were recruited aiming to bring down mortalities by breaking the chain of infection and ensure treatment to patients especially in the rural areas. They had distributed medicines door-to-door during the second wave and conducted surveys in rural areas to identify suspected cases.