Battle against COVID-19: Cuttack admin focuses on testing, tracking and treatment

Cuttack: Amid a spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government said its focus now is testing, tracking and treatment during the battle against the deadly virus in Cuttack district. Senior IAS officer and COVID-19 observer for Cuttack district Saurabh Garg said the focus is also on setting up of COVID care homes and their operationalisation in Cuttack district.

Till now, 339 Covid Care Homes in 373 GPs and 61 cluster TMCs have been set up in Cuttack rural areas, Garg added.

The government is planning to set up two more COVID hospital in Cuttack. One will come up at Bidyadharapur in the CMC area and another one at DRIEMS, Tangi. AT present COVID hospitals are functioning at Ashwini Hospital and GIMSAR.

Garg said community participation is needed to get victory in the battle against COVID-19.

CMC Commissioner Ananya Das requested people to visits CHCs and PHCs. The government hospitals have been asked to keep separate places for screening and isolation ward. Santisation is being done at the government institutions.

Also, private nursing homes in the city have been asked to undertake screening and isolation. Contact list of persons with suspected COVID-19 symptoms has to be maintained. The private institutions were asked to ensure roaster duties of their staff.

Joint teams of Health department and CMC are inspecting whether the private nursing homes are adhering to the COVID-19 norms. Necessary steps being taken against the violators, the CMC Commissioner informed.

Till now, a total of 248 cases have been reported in Cuttack city. While 90 have recovered, the number of active cases stands at 156.

Out of the total positive cases in CMC area, 120 cases are from one source, AHRCC, she added.

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