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Odisha Chief Secretary reviewed the Covid situation in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation

Bhubaneswar:16/4/21: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra today reviewed the Covid situation in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area and directed Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ramp up the testing, tracking, and isolation in the light of the detection of around 300 cases daily during the current week.

Mahapatra also directed to make keep the call center of BMC active for 24 hours, and, set the target to provide possible assistance to people within thirty minutes of getting the call.

Commissioner BMC Prem Chaudhury appraised that the denizens have been requested to contact toll-free number 1929 for getting information about Covid testing and treatment facilities. He also appraised that as of now 33 rapid response teams (RRTs) have been put in service of the people in different locations of the city.

The Chief Secretary directed to enhance testing target to 3000 per day in the city area. He also directed to increase the number of RRTs and allot specific areas to each team. The teams will monitor home isolation cases, and, also ensure strict implementation of the Covid appropriate behavior among people in the allotted area. The patients in home isolation should be contacted on daily basis and be given necessary advice. He also directed that the positive patients in home isolation should also be daily warned not to come out.

Further, the Chief Secretary directed to intensify the preventive and enforcement activities by decentralizing the market places and dispersing of the people gathering near the roadside, in front of the tea shop and other shops. The shops where people gather should be lucked. “Put the BMC task force groups in preventive works and take the help of police when necessary”, directed Mahapatra. It was decided to request temple management committees for regulating the entry of people to the temple and other celebrations for containing spread of the disease.

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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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