Not a single positive case of Coronavirus detected in Odisha till date: Health Secretary

Bhubaneswar: “Not a single positive case of Coronavirus has been detected in Odisha till date,” said Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Nikunja Bihari Dhal at a press meet here today.

He also informed that so far 131 persons from different points of entry have been put under active surveillance by State IDSP. Out of which, till date 10 persons have been admitted in the hospital (SCBMCH, Cuttack- 6, VIMSAR, Burla-2 & Capital Hospital, BBSR-2) and all tested to be negative.

During the presser, the preparedness and steps taken by the State government were also outlined, which are mentioned below:

Control Room functional 24X7 having No. 0674-2390466 / 9439994857 / 9439994859
Isolation wards with ventilator support at major MCHs and Capital Hospital
Screening of all passengers at Airports & Ports
Testing facility already started at RMRC, Bhubaneswar
Trained State, as well as District Rapid Response Teams (RRT), are in position for case detection and contact tracing.
Workplace advisory has been issued to all departments/corporates and other institutes.
School advisory has been issued to all schools
Do’s & don’ts with other IEC material is being circulated both in Odia & English language in all the leading dailies as well as is being aired in electronic media.
The District Collectors have been nominated as Head of the district for monitoring and supervision activities of COVID-19
Places have been identified in Jatni, Cuttack, Burla & Berhampur for mass quarantine if required.

According to the reports, COVID-19 has spread to several countries through-out the world (94 countries) affecting more than 101927 persons with a total death of 3486 people as per the WHO report on 07-03-20. The matter of concern is that, though the spread of the disease has come down in China in the last couple of days but is already in a rising trend in the rest of the world.

In India, so far 34 persons tested positive for COVID-19. All of them have either a definite travel history to one of the affected countries or is a close contact of the positive case. The three students from the state of Kerala have already tested Negative and been discharged. Rest patients are in isolation ward under close supervision. Govt. of India has already started universal screening of passengers at all international airports and also at other points of entry, reports said.

Apart from Health & Family Welfare Principal Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, AIIMS Director Dr Geetanjali Batmanabane, I&PR Director Krupasindhu Mishra, DMET Prof C.B.K. Mohanty, Director Public Health Ajit Kumar Mohanty, and other senior officers of Health & Family Welfare Department were present.

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