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Odisha Health & Family Welfare department urges people that there is nothing to panic over the Novel Coronavirus.

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”.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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