COVID-19 outbreak: One more fever clinic to be set up in Odisha

Cuttack: As part of precautionary measure to avoid risk of contamination in view of rising number of COVID-19 patients, authorities have decided to set up a separate fever clinic at the SCB Medical College and Hospital for the patients suffering from influenza-like illness.

Following an updated guidelines issued by the state government, RDC Anil Kumar Samal directed SCB Superintendent Dr. Annada Prasad Patnaik to make  the fever clinic functional within three days in Odisha’s premier medical institution in Cuttack.

Attending a meeting held at the SCB on Thursday on COVID-19, the RDC reviewed that there is a shortage of the chemical ‘reagents’ required for COVID-19 testing at the laboratory.

He decided to write to Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL) for immediate supply of the reagent chemicals to the SCB. The SCB officials have been asked to purchase that chemical if the medical corporation fails to provide it on time.

Besides, Samal directed to isolate the COVID-19 testing laboratory and imposed restriction on entry of public into that building.

While plans have been made to test more number of swab samples at the SCB, total 124 samples were tested at the lab yesterday and results of all the tests came out negative.

Worth mentioning, the state government has declared 16 private hospitals as ‘fever clinics’ in Bhubaneswar. The separate setups have been made to attend to patients complaining of fever or flu like symptoms.

Besides, the patients can visit the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, RGH in Rourkela, and any other District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) where separate fever clinics and triage facilities have been established to fight against COVID-19.

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