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‘House-To-House Survey Led To Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Odisha

Bhubaneswar:23/7/20: Allaying concerns over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the State government today said due to the massive door-to-door survey there has been a spurt in positive cases and the people need not to worry about it.

Health Department’s Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra said ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers across the State are conducting house-to-house survey to identify persons with suspected COVID-19 symptoms and test them. “Our strategy is not to ignore single potential case. We are ‘chasing the virus from house to house’,” Mohapatra added.

With 65% recovery rate Odisha is at a far better position as compared to other States. Fatality rate is 0.54% in the State as compared to 2.5% in India, he added.

During the house-to-house survey, apart from symptomatic cases, persons with co-morbid conditions are being identified, he said.

The State government has decided to set up another six testing facilities in another 10 days, he added. At present, 19 testing facilities have been operationalised in the State, he informed.

Besides, the District Collectors have been directed to prepare vision document for next six months.

Plasma bank will be set up at MKCG hospital in Berhampur and Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar soon, he said adding the decision has been taken on basis of the report of technical team on the success of the therapy.

Plasma therapy was launched at SCB Hospital in Cuttack on July 15.

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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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