Odisha COVID-19 survivors urge people to support govt

Bhubaneswar: Two COVID-19 survivors, who have been discharged from Odisha hospital, after their complete recovery on Monday urged people not to lose hope on the system and follow government guidelines to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

The survivor duo, both Nizamuddin returnees, hailing from Jajpur and Puri districts, were discharged from Ashwini COVID Hospital in Cuttack on April 10 after they showed double negative to the novel coronavirus.

The duo had tested positive to COVID-19 during screening even though they had no such flu symptoms. They were among the 10 persons who were declared cured on Friday and discharged from hospital on Saturday.

“From the very beginning, I was not worried because I had no symptoms. I would like to thank doctors and nurses for detecting COVID-19 in me and doing proper treatment so that I recovered fully,” said the survivor from Jajpur, who is a ”Maulana”, a religious preacher.

Apart from abiding the guidelines, one should develop self-confidence to defeat the disease, the Jajpur survivor said, adding that doctors, nurses and family members boost his mental courage which helped him a lot.

He also urged fellow citizens to support the health department and district administration besides maintaining social distancing.

Similarly, a resident of Pipili area in Puri district, who is also a Nizamiddun returnee, said that early detection of the virus helped him to overcome the disease. He is a postman.

“I am grateful to Allah for giving me a new lease of life. I was under severe mental stress after getting to know about the COVID-19 status. However, the people around me like doctors and nurses all along told me that I will recover and they proved right. I must give credit to the efforts of the state government which has made excellent arrangements for special treatment of coronavirus patients,” he said.

He said the COVID-19 patients are being fully taken care of by the state government and provided “excellent food” including breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner.

He urged all to follow the social distancing norms, wash hands frequently, stay home and obey government guidelines to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic .

Of the total 54 COVID-19 patients in Odisha, so far 13 persons have fully recovered from coronavirus and have been discharged from hospital.

(PTI)

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