ODISHA VIRUS COUNT APPROACHING 15K MARK  ODISHA CONFIRMS 14, 898 COVID-19 POSITIVE  WITH THREE MORE COVID-19 DEATHS IN ODISHA TOLL MOUNTS TO 77  TWO FROM GANJAM AND ONE FROM BHUBANESWAR  618 NEW COVID CASES DETECTED IN 22 DISTRICTS  GANJAM TOPS IN LIST WITH 286 CASES  FOLLOWED BY KHURDA 107 BALASORE 61 JAGATSINGHPUR 26 CUTTACK 16  

Door To Door Survey


Door-to-Door Surveillance of COVID-19 symptoms in all households in rural areas and slums in urban areas in Odisha will be conducted from 16 June to 31 July.

National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit on Monday said all COVID-19 suspects in the state would be tested. “ASHA and ANM workers have been tasked with surveillance in these areas and identifying such cases,” she said.
She further said that the Odisha Government is testing symptomatic persons and close contacts of positive cases in accordance with the ICMR guidelines.
“When a person in a slum in Bhubaneswar tested positive for the deadly virus, 250 more people were made to undergo the test and were found to be negative. We will ensure that all symptomatic persons and close contacts of positive cases are tested for COVID-19 without fail,” she said.
Shrimati Pandit said that this strategy has helped in detecting more cases. “Earlier when asymptotic persons were being tested, one among 200 of them was found to be infected. Now, one in every 20 symptomatic cases is testing positive for the virus,” she said.
The NHM Director said that they have been able to isolate these cases and provide them with proper treatment because of which the death rate (00.3 per cent) in Odisha has remained low while the recovery rate is as high as 67 per cent.
“We have so far conducted 2 lakh tests. Tests per million in the state is higher than India average. Positivity rate per lakh population in the state is 9.3 per cent compared to Maharashtra (88 per cent), Delhi (205 per cent) and the national average of 25 per cent,” she said, allying fear among people about rising COVID-19 cases in Odisha.
Shrimati Pandit said that testing for COVID-19 began in February in one laboratory, where two to three tests were conducted in a day.
Now, we have 17 labs in 10 districts. In the coming days, more labs will be added to the list. These labs are not confined to Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam but are in far-flung areas like Mathili Block in Malkangiri,” she added.
Shrimati Pandit said that Odisha has fared better than other states in its response to the COVID-19 challenge and is being seen as a model state.
Allaying fear among natives about rising coronavirus cases, she said that positivity rate per lakh population in the state is 9.3 per cent compared to Maharashtra (88 per cent), Delhi (205 per cent) and the national average of 25 per cent.
Similarly, the death rate is very low in Odish at 0.03 per cent compared to 6.6. per cent in Delhi and India’s average of 0.7 per cent.
Odisha has a recovery rate of 67 per cent against the national average of 57 per cent, she added.
Shrimati Pandit attributed it to a change in testing strategy, wherein all symptomatic persons and close contacts of positive cases are being tested, and 4.5 crore corona warriors in the state, which includes sarpanchs and healthcare workers who are tirelessly working to contain the spread of the virus.
“There has been a rise in positive cases across India after easing of lockdown restrictions. Doctors say cases will continue to rise the next four to six weeks. Now, the onus is on people to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines to keep the virus at bay,” she added.
 


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