Odisha gears up to prevent possible spread of Covid-19 among children

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today constituted an eight-member committee to suggest preparedness keeping in view possible increase in Covid-19 cases among pediatric population in future.

The committee headed by DMET, Odisha will suggest measures on augmentation of infrastructure, training of HR etc. Also, it will formulate an SOP for management of Covid-19 in pediatrics population and submit a report to the State Government.

While the Director Family Welfare, Odisha is the Member Convener, the DHS, Odisha; the DPH, Odisha; Prof. (Dr.) J.N Behera, Superintendent, SVPPGIP; Dr. Nihar Ray, Lead, Regional Office WHO. Odisha; Sourav Bhattacharya, UNICEF, Bhubaneswar; Dr. S.R Biswal, Secretary IAP, Odisha State Branch are members of the committee.

Meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare Department named the Scientists and Doctors who will be part of a 12-member Advisory Committee. As per a statement issued by the department, the Advisory Committee will guide the State Government in vaccination programme and strategies to deal with future waves of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chairman and the Members of the Advisory Committee as follows:

1.Dr. Srinath Reddy, Advisor, Health, Govt. of Odisha -CHAIRMAN.

2. Dr.Devi Shetty, Chairman Narayan Hrudayalaya Health Group, Bangalore

3.Dr Ramakanta Panda, Director Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai

4. Dr. Subrat Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar

5.Dr. Lalit Kant, Dy. Director General, ICMR 6.Dr. Mrudula Phadke


8. Prof. Dutteswar Hota, Principal & Dean, SCB Medical College

9. Prof. MR Pattnaik. HOD, Pulmonary Medicine, SCB Medical College

10. Prof.E.Venkat Rao, Professor Community Medicine, SUM Hospital

11. Dr Sanghamitra Pati, Director RMRC, Bhubaneswar

12.Dr Ajoy Parida, Director, ILS, Bhubaneswar

Worth mentioning, the Odisha government decided to vaccinate the population within the age group of 18 years and 44 years free of cost. A global e-tender has already been floated for procurement of required vaccines from the open market.

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