Odisha Govt urges Centre for creation of 2 novel coronavirus test facilities in State

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government would urge the Centre for creation of two novel coronavirus test facilities in the State.

This was stated by Health Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Wednesday.

The State Health Minister would write to the Union Health Minister seeking the proposed coronavirus test facilities at the RMRC in Bhubaneswar and the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack, he said.

Dhal said, “We had a discussion regarding our preparations to stop spreading of coronavirus in the State and what additional preparations need to be made. It was decided to create quarantine facilities at the State level.”

Notably, samples from the State are now being sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for coronavirus test due to lack of such facility in the State.

Health officials advised people to avoid mass gatherings and resort to frequent hand-washing.