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Odisha to ramp up testing, preparedness amid surge in Covid cases – N.F Times

Bhubaneswar: The state government has asked the hospitals across Odisha to ramp up surveillance, testing and preparedness to manage any possible surge in Covid-19 cases.

Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra today wrote to the authorities of Capital Hospital, Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH), all government medical colleges and hospitals and district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) to take the necessary steps to meet any exigencies arising due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.

The Public Health Director has asked the hospitals to intensify surveillance for illnesses like ILI and SARI as per the ICMR guidelines.

Besides, the hospitals have been told to ensure strict adherence to home isolation protocol and necessary treatment for Covid-19 patients.

The state government has directed the hospitals to keep beds and oxygen ready to meet any eventuality.

Similarly, the hospitals have been asked to collaborate with the local administrations for creating awareness regarding Covid-appropriate behavior among the people.

“The hospitals should have adequate stocks of Covid testing KITs and required medicines to manage the situation. There should be contingency plans to deal with any emergency situation,” said the Public Health Director in his letter to the hospitals.

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