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State Alerts On Covid

Bhubaneswar: As Covid cases again started rising in some States, Odisha Government has asked all District Collectors to keep the contingency action plan ready to deal with any upsurge in the Covid cases.

“The Covid-19 situation in Odisha is not in a worrying stage. However, we all knew that the virus has the tendency of rapid infection. So, we have asked the district officials to maintain surveillance activities to know whether there is any outbreak in any cluster or not,” said Niranjan Mishra, Director Public Health here on Wednesday.   

“To prepare further strategy, we need to know if there is a surge in Covid cases in any cluster or pocket of the state. Further, we need to collect evidence-based data on the outbreak of the virus,” the Director said.      

Therefore, the Government has asked District Administrations to keep a contingency action plan ready to deal with any upsurge in the cases, he added.

In a letter to all Municipal Commissioners, Collectors and Chief District Medical & Public Health Officers, Dr.Mishra has asked to maintain Covid surveillance and related activities.

There should be constant review regarding emergence of new cases /clusters, case positivity, population affected, geographical spread of cases and hospital infrastructure preparedness, he said.

The collectors were asked to keep a close vigil on people coming from high burden countries and states.

Stating testing – tracking – treatment- vaccination and Covid appropriate behaviour are the main strategy for management, Mishra asked to strengthen this system.

The officials further instructed to ensure that home isolation protocol is followed scrupulously and due treatment provision is in place.

Moreover, the director instructed the district official to ensure vaccination coverage to all beneficiaries as per guideline issued from time to time.

SARI surveillance should be continued as before and an early warning system of detecting the rise of cases should be monitored. Periodic surveillance of high-risk and vulnerable populations like Health Care providers, educational institutions, residential hostels etc. pointed out Dr.Mishra.

“There should be in-house strengthening of testing, surveillance and treatment mechanisms to face any upsurge of cases and to integrate it into a comprehensive health care system,” he added.

All non-Covid health care services are to be fully operationalised. Adequate IEC, community sensitization and information sharing system should be in place to prevent mis-information and panic, he further told the Collectors.

Wearing a face cover is compulsory in public places, in work places and during transport. Individuals must maintain an adequate distance in public places, workplaces and avoid overcrowding, the Director said in his letter.

Dr.Mishra further advised that spitting in public places should be discouraged. Provision of hand wash or sanitizer should be made mandatory at work places. Proper ventilation to be ensured, particularly in closed spaces, he added.

The State on Wednesday logged 8 more Covid-19 cases, which took the active caseload to 110. With the confirmation of death of another person due to Covid-19, the death toll surged to 9,124.