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Not a single positive case of Coronavirus has been detected in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:8/3/20: “Not a single positive case of Coronavirus has been detected in Odisha till date,” said Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Nikunja Bihari Dhal at a press meet here today.

He also informed that so far 131 persons from different points of entry have been put under active surveillance by State IDSP. Out of which, till date 10 persons have been admitted in the hospital (SCBMCH, Cuttack- 6, VIMSAR, Burla-2 & Capital Hospital, BBSR-2) and all tested to be negative.

During the presser, the preparedness and steps taken by the State government were also outlined, which are mentioned below:

  • Control Room functional 24X7 having No. 0674-2390466 / 9439994857 / 9439994859
  • Isolation wards with ventilator support at major MCHs and Capital Hospital
  • Screening of all passengers at Airports & Ports
  • Testing facility already started at RMRC, Bhubaneswar
  • Trained State, as well as District Rapid Response Teams (RRT), are in position for case detection and contact tracing.
  • Workplace advisory has been issued to all departments/corporates and other institutes.
  • School advisory has been issued to all schools
  • Do’s & don’ts with other IEC material is being circulated both in Odia & English language in all the leading dailies as well as is being aired in electronic media.
  • The District Collectors have been nominated as Head of the district for monitoring and supervision activities of COVID-19
  • Places have been identified in Jatni, Cuttack, Burla & Berhampur for mass quarantine if required
  • Apart from Health & Family Welfare Principal Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, AIIMS Director Dr Geetanjali Batmanabane, I&PR Director Krupasindhu Mishra, DMET Prof C.B.K. Mohanty, Director Public Health Ajit Kumar Mohanty, and other senior officers of Health & Family Welfare Department were present.

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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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