Covid-19: Odisha Forms High-Level Committee To Tackle Second Wave

The Odisha government established a high-level advisory committee aiming to resist and prevent the fury of the second wave of Covid-19. Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, while addressing the media said, “The panel which will comprise senior doctors and scientists from across the nation like Dr Ramakant Panda and Dr Devi Shetty will be headed by Dr Srinath Reddy.”

“The committee will be responsible for suggesting measures to the State government in the fight against the virus, vaccination, and handle the possible third wave of the pandemic,” Mohapatra added.

The suggestions given to the State government by the high-level advisory committee will be implemented and immediate steps will be taken to contain the spread of the virus.

Notably, Odisha has floated an E-tender inviting global vaccine manufacturers to supply 3.8 crore doses. Commenting on this development, Mohapatra said, “A global E-tender has been floated for procurement of 3.8 crore doses of vaccines and the supply is expected to be completed within four months. Odisha is the first State in the Country to float a global tender to procure vaccines. If successful biding takes place, then we will be able to buy vaccines after May 28”.

The Chief Secretary further shed light on the present Covid-19 situation in the State, saying, “The positivity rate in 10 districts is flattening and in some other districts it is decreasing. This is a major relief for us. During last year’s peak, as many as 8,000 patients were undergoing treatment at government Covid hospitals and now the number has increased to around 15,000 of which around 3,000 patients are in ICUs or ventilators. Considering the seriousness of the virus threat, I urge people to remain indoors and don’t come out if not required”

Mohapatra also urged the citizens to follow appropriate Covid-19 guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.

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