Bhubaneswar:27/1/20: The State Health & Family Welfare Principal Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal on Monday told people that there is nothing to panic over the Novel Coronavirus.
Addressing a presser here today on the State-level preparedness meet on Novel Coronavirus, Dhal said that screening of passengers has already begun at the Bhubaneswar airport since yesterday with the screening of passengers arriving from Malaysia.
“We have made arrangements for isolation and treatment at four hospitals- SCB Medical College & Hospital, VIMSAR Burla, Capital Hospital, and District Headquarters Hospital Jharsuguda- till now apart from AIIMS Bhubaneswar which has these facilities. I have contacted Director of AIIMS Bhubaneswar in this connection,” Dhal revealed. He added that the authorities of Paradip Port have been alerted and Collector of Jagatsinghpur and CDMO will be visiting Paradip Port today to check the preventive arrangements made there.Explaining on the novel coronavirus, the Health Secretary said,” I would like to say that this is relatively big virus so the advantage is that when a virus is relatively big in size it cannot remain suspended in air for long and it will fall to the ground and then it won’t also travel a long distance in air, it cannot really infect more people”.