Hospitals, returnees from hotspot districts are main challenge for Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Major COVID19 challenges in Bhubaneswar are infection in hospitals & people returning from outside; we should continue to remain alert says Bhubaneswar COVID19 observer.

310 COVID19 in last 10 days in  Bhubaneswar. Hospital cases are 61, travel history cases 212 and local contact case 37. All these cases have been reported between July 1 and 10 July says Prem Chandra Chaudhury, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Commissioner.

Smt. Anu Garg, Covid Observer, Bhubaneswar said that Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has taken different measures for containment of COVID-19. So far 640 Covid positives have been identified out of which 317 are active and 314 persons have recovered. Ward Committees and Sachetak Committees have been formed. Around 1000 Covid testing is being undertaken every day. Hospitalisation, contact tracing, quarantine and sanitization are given priorities in the areas, where COVID-19 patients are found. A new module has been added on Sachetak App to assist senior citizens.
14 day long active surveillance, quarantine for nearby 50-100 households, immediate testing of persons with symptom and declaration of containment zone are imposed where the contact tracing of the Covid patients is not possible. Infection is mostly spreading due to people coming to Bhubaneswar from various hotspot districts and in some health institutions. Smt. Garg appealed people to take all possible precautionary measures to protect themselves as well as to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is focusing on hospitals, industrial houses and slum pockets on priority. Infection has been controlled in slum areas such as Subhas Nagar and Laxmi Bazar along with Blue Wheel Hospital through active surveillance and containment measures. 14 days institutional quarantine for people coming to slums of Bhubaneswar from the districts such as Ganjam, Cuttack, Balasore, Gajpati and Jajpur has been made mandatory. Various Communities, Residential Welfare Associations, Puja Committees and voluntary organisations are actively cooperating in such operations.
While analysing the Covid situation in BMC area, Sri Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation appealed General public to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols, to avoid crowding, to take help of
tele-medicine facilities and 104 help line, to order goods and services online and to maintain self restrain.