We are chasing the virus from house to house: PK Mohapatra

Covid-19 cases in Odisha have surpassed the 20,000 mark with 7204 active cases. On behalf of the state government, PK Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary of the Health Department, addressed a press briefing. He stressed upon the following points regarding the way forward:

  • Mohapatra spoke about the importance of home isolation of asymptomatic patients both in rural and urban regions. “This will reduce the pressure on dedicated hospitals. If symptoms develop, cases will be shifted to hospitals,” he cited.
  • He urged the people to not worry about increasing COVID cases as the health department is equipped and ready to fight the infection. Connecting the rise in numbers to door-to-door screening, he stated, “We are chasing the virus from house to house, identifying people with symptoms and isolating them for tests. The Odisha government is striving to ensure that no potential case goes undetected”.
  • He requested citizens with any definitive symptoms to come forward for testing. “The government is bearing the end-to-end cost of COVID-19 test,” he affirmed.
  • He further notified that the Covid-19 recovery rate in Odisha is 65 percent and that the fatality rate is 0.54 percent, which is much lesser than the national average of 2.5 percent.
  • In addition to the ongoing telemedicine service, the government will assign vehicles and doctors to address mental health issues among people in isolation.
  • Presently, 19 labs are conducting COVID-19 tests, and in the next ten days, the government will add six more labs for testing. “We have adequate antigen kits approved by ICMR, and more than 3000 such tests were conducted today at district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals and even community health centres,” he said.
  • Taking further precaution, district collectors have been directed to prepare a six-month vision document to guarantee proper treatment for COVID-19 patients across all COVID hospitals and care centres in the state.
  • Ending his briefing on a positive note, Mohapatra said, “Elderly people and pregnant COVID-19 patients have recovered from the diseases in the state, which makes us hopeful” citing the example of an 85-year-old cancer patient “Surendra Pati”, who was infected with the virus and has now recovered fully.