Bhubaneswar: 22/12/21; Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the State today over video conferencing with all Collectors, SPs, and CDMOs. Reviewing the district-wise situation, he directed to “Be Extremely Vigilant, Intensity testing, Vaccination, and Enforcement” at the field level.
Mohapatra was also directed to stay prepared for combating the possible spread of the new void-19 variant. He added that the new variant is highly mutated with 32 mutations in spike protein for which it has high transmissibility. Each day new findings are coming about the virus, its behavior, and its impact.
Mahapatra advised all people above 18 years of age to get themselves vaccinated by utilizing the facilities extended by Government. It was seen that 88.2% of the 18 above population were vaccinated with first dose and around 86% of them took their second dose. Around 99.8% of the health care workers and front-line workers were vaccinated. Chief Secretary directed to prepare village wise vaccination chart and inform the villagers in advance through the Panchayat, ward members, AWC workers, ASHA Karmies, and health workers so that the people in 18 and above age group (who are generally working population) could make their arrangements for vaccination. Further, Chief Secretary was directed to stay prepared with necessary medicines, oxygen cylinders, beds, ICUs, and ventilators in all Govt hospitals. The oxygen plants must be kept in good running condition. Health and Family welfare department was asked to give advance intimation to the private hospitals that at any time their services may be needed like 1st and 2nd wave of Covid-19; and, for that, they should be in readiness.
Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Raj Kumar Sharma emphasized intensifying testing, IEC activities, and enforcement of covid appropriate behavior. It was decided to enhance per day testing to 70 thousand and accordingly the district targets were fixed.
Chief Secretary directed the Collector and SPs to strictly enforce the COVID norms and the norms regarding the number of people to participate in marriage, cremation, and other rituals. They were also asked to intensify Covid appropriate behavior in marketplaces, industrial centers, and other public places.
Covid testing teams were also asked to undertake random testing at public places. All primary health centers were asked to have a rapid antigen test facility along with the facility for RTPCR test sample collection so that people could take a regular test as and when felt necessary.
Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary School and Mass Education Satyabrata Sahu, senior officials, health experts, and senior doctors participated in the discussion. The Collectors appraised about district situation, and preparedness of their respective districts for combating possible spread of the pandemic.