Bhubaneswar: The Health & Family Welfare Department of the Odisha Government today issued various regulations in view of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.
The State Cabinet has already approved the regulations namely ‘COVID-19 Odisha Regulations, 2020’. The regulations will remain valid for a period of one year.
As per the regulations, all government and private hospitals should have COVID-19 corners for screening of suspected cases. The hospitals during screening of such cases shall record the history of travel of the person to any country or area where COVID-19 has been reported. In addition, the history of contacts of the suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is also required to be recorded.
In case the person has any such history of travel to affected areas in the last 14 days and he/she is asymptomatic, the person must remain in home quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure. He/she must abide by the Home Quarantine Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India meticulously. Persons who do not observe the Home Quarantine Guidelines shall be quarantined in the quarantine facilities set up by Government.
“No person/institution/organization will use any print or electronic or social media for dissemination of any information regarding COVID-19 without ascertaining the facts and prior clearance of the DMET, DPH, DHS or Collector as the case may be. This is necessary to avoid spread of any unauthenticated information and/or rumors regarding COVID-19. If any person/institution/organization is found indulging in such activity, it will be treated as a punishable,” the regulations said.
COVID-19 tests by any private laboratories has been prohibited. Private health care institutions intending to test COVID-19 must send their test samples through the State IDSP unit. The State IDSP unit will arrange testing strictly as per the guidelines issued by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.
Any person with a history of travel in last 14 days to a country or area from where COVID-19 has been reported, must voluntarily report to State Control Room (0674 2390466) or to the State Surveillance Officer, IDSP (9439994857, 9439994859)/Toll Free number 104 so that necessary measures may be initiated by DMET, DPH, DHS and the Collector/Municipal Commissioner as the case may be.