Bhubaneswar:4/4/20: 5T secretary VK Pandian today asked Collectors and SPs to request religious leaders in their areas to make repeated appeals and motivate returnees from Nizzamudin Markaz to come forward for testing of COVID-19.
“Tracing Nizzamudin Markaz returnees have become a challenge for the state and the country. The CM has made an earnest appeal to all the returnees to call 104 and take medical guidance and come forward for testing. The state will give full protection for those who come forward for testing and take care of them and their families,” wrote Pandian in a letter to all the SPs and Collectors.
He further said that civil, police and health administration need to work in a focused way at all levels to identify the returnees and motivate them for medical assistance and testing. “Administration and police should also use all their channels to identify, give confidence and test returnees. Any delay in this is going to cost dearly for the returnee, their own family and the state. Next 48 hrs is very critical and we will go all out on this,” he further wrote.