Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has asked the authorities in Capital City to organize high visibility people connect programs to sensitize the community on preventive measures in COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mr.Tripathy has stressed foremost importance to galvanize the community for continued focus upon wearing masks, physical distancing, no spitting, respiratory etiquette among other things to keep Novel Corona Virus at bay.
Chief Secretary was taking a review of current situation in Khurda District with focus on Bhubaneswar. He asked BMC may be divided into small zones for high visibility people connect programs. This should be done in Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) directed he.
ACS Health & Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Mission Director National Health Mission Shalini Pandit, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury, Special ADM Bhubaneswar Parul Patawari, Special ADM Khurda Vishal Singh and other senior officials were present.
Chief Secretary asked to make the Call Centre functional 24X7 as even during night time to attend calls and number of personnel is needed to be increased to receive the calls.
Intensive efforts to popularize 1919- BMC’s Toll Free Number as the COVID Helpline on all issues-testing, ambulance, hospitalization, etc, officials say.
Further there has to be a seamless integration between two toll free number, i.e 1929 and 104, so that all calls meant for BMC land at 1929.
Chief Secretary directed Collector Khordha to immediately shift 50 paramedical workers from those CCHs which are vacant and not being utilized and place them with BMC.
Chief Secretary directed officials to strictly ensure that those people who gave samples for testing are informed of the results-both positive and negative cases without fail.
Information system should be strengthened and the places and timing of sample collection should be clearly publicized.
While Home Isolation critical, it is to be ensured that the Rapid Response Teams handle cases with greater sensitivity without causing a panic in the neighbourhood.
While there is a clear line-listing of co-morbid and vulnerable population in the slum areas, door to door surveillance of all households in non-slum areas, RWA’s lay outs should be done ring fence those who are vulnerable.
BMC will be provided with more staff for COVID Management, officials say, adding Department of Health and Family Welfare will be taking a call on the allocation of more personnel of various categories.