‘House-to-house survey led to spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, nothing to worry much’

Bhubaneswar: Allaying concerns over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the State government today said due to the massive door-to-door survey there has been a spurt in positive cases and the people need not to worry about it.

Health Department’s Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra said ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers across the State are conducting house-to-house survey to identify persons with suspected COVID-19 symptoms and test them. “Our strategy is not to ignore single potential case. We are ‘chasing the virus from house to house’,” Mohapatra added.

With 65% recovery rate Odisha is at a far better position as compared to other States. Fatality rate is 0.54% in the State as compared to 2.5% in India, he added.

During the house-to-house survey, apart from symptomatic cases, persons with co-morbid conditions are being identified, he said.

The State government has decided to set up another six testing facilities in another 10 days, he added. At present, 19 testing facilities have been operationalised in the State, he informed.

Besides, the District Collectors have been directed to prepare vision document for next six months.

Plasma bank will be set up at MKCG hospital in Berhampur and Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar soon, he said adding the decision has been taken on basis of the report of technical team on the success of the therapy.

Plasma therapy was launched at SCB Hospital in Cuttack on July 15.

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