5 lakh COVID19 testing milestone achieved by Odisha ; 54 COVID19 testing labs operational in 30 districts

Bhubaneswar: 5 lakh COVID19 testing milestone achieved by Odisha. 54 COVID19 testing laboratories currently operational in 30 districts of Odisha informed National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit.

Smt. Shalini Pandit, Mission Director, NHM highlighted various measures undertaken to fight COVID-19. She said that so far 28 persons have donated Plasma. Out of 33 Covid patients who have been given Plasma Therapy in the State, 8 have already recovered while others are recovering fast. Plasma Banks are operational in SCB Medical College, Cuttack and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar and another one in IGH, Rourkela is going to be functional shortly.

Due to sincere and timely action of Government, Covid testing has crossed
5 Lakh milestone today. The role of Covid Warriors like Laboratory Assistants, Health Workers, ASHAs and Anganwadi Workers and others who are engaged in collection of samples and massive testing is praiseworthy.

COVID-19 testing was first started at RMRC, Bhubaneswar and there after the number of testing centres have been increased. As of now, COVID-19 testing is undertaken in 54 Laboratories managed by both Government and Private Health Institutions. Similarly, True-NAT, RT-PCR, Antigen and
CB-NAAT testing are carried on in different District Headquarter Hospitals.

State Government has given paramount importance on Covid testing. State is now poised to ramp up its testing capacity up to 20,000 per day. Covid infection can be successfully contained if more and more infected people are identified. Government hopes that more people shall come forward voluntarily for Covid testing.

Keeping in view the requirement, 1000 additional beds have been arranged in Ganjam, Bhubaneswar and Khurda in last 7 days. Similarly, State has enough stock of medicine and Oxygen cylinders with necessary beds.

Testing of around 1500-2000 samples is conducted per day in Ganjam district. The number of infected persons has come down in last 3-4 days.

Analysis of COVID-19 situation in last few days indicates that about 64% of people below 40 and 7% of people above 60 are prone to infection. Most of the positives have been infected due to contact through social gatherings, marriages, cremations etc. People have been advised to avoid crowd and to adhere to Covid protocols like wearing of masks, hand hygiene and maintaining social distance.