Naveen directs to strengthen monitoring in focus districts

Bhubaneswar: With rising COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the officials to strengthen monitoring in the focus districts Ganjam, Cuttack, Jajpur, Sundargarh and Khurda.

Reviewing the Covid management in the state, he emphasised on the facilities given to the Covid patients and their safety.

He also ordered to arrange more ventilators, ambulance and beds in addition to deputation of adequate human resources in the focus districts.

As of now, around 7000 samples are being tested daily and the number of testing shall increase to 9000 in coming week. More private health institutions will be allowed for Covid testing, said an official.

Expeditious steps are being taken to add more beds including 200 number of ICU beds in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Ganjam within 7 days, he said.

Sero Surveillance testing in Puri Town and Community Sero Surveillance in Bhubaneswar have been completed. Besides, High Risk Sero Surveillance is being carried on.

Plasma Therapy will be started from tomorrow in SUM Hospital, KIMS Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack. SCB medical College and Hospital, Cuttack will function as the Nodal Centre for Plasma Therapy.