Omicron threat: Odisha govt puts District Administrations on alert

Bhubaneswar: Amid the scare of new Covid variant – Omicron, the Odisha government today directed District Collectors, SPs and Chief District Medical Officers to remain alert and be prepared to prevent the possible third wave of pandemic.

During a virtual meeting with the officials at the Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra asked them to monitor the situation and take measures actively to prevent the possible Covid third wave.

He said as the physical classroom teaching at schools and colleges and economic activities have been resumed, there is a need for the authorities to be alert.

With the help of the Block Development Officers, Sarpanchs, ward members, Anganwadi Workers, government officials working at the ground level and social workers, the district administrations were directed to take stock of the situation.

The Chief Secretary further stated if any suspected Covid cases comes to notice, the district administrations should immediately collect the detailed and accurate information, and take the appropriate action.

Mahapatra also directed to intensify door-to-door Covid vaccination during the meeting with the officials.

He asked the officials to ensure stricter implementation of the Covid protocol including mask wearing, use of sanitisers and adherence to social distance norm. In case of violations, stringent action must be taken against them, Mahapatra directed.

He also directed the officials to streamline the process for disbursal of ex-gratia among next to kin of those died due to Covid-19.

The Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Sharma as some mutate Covid variants have been found in some countries and its effect is expected to be more severe. The biggest challenge will be to 100% vaccination of the adults in the State.

Also, the Additional Chief Secretary directed the officials to conduct genome sequencing along with the Covid test.

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