Bhubaneswar: Amid rise in Covid infection among children in Odisha, the health authorities held concerned parents and families responsible for their ‘laxity’ behind increase in cases.
“The sole responsibility of parents is to ensure that their children do not contract Covid-19 infection. If their children have symptoms like cold, cough or fever, they should consult doctors without hesitation, or else the situation may turn dangerous,” said State DMET chief Dr. CBK Mohanty today.
He cautioned the parents of children stating that the schools might be shut once again if situation went worsen in the State.
Reacting to rise in Covid infection in schools, State Health Director Bijay Mohapatra said, “It was predicted earlier. There is no other option left. We have to intensify surveillance to reduce transmission in schools.”
The top health official suggested the students with Covid symptoms not to come to schools.
Speaking about Covid infection among children, Mohapatra said that only 2% infectees are currently undergoing treatment in ICUs.
“Not a single child infected with Covid-19 has been put on ventilator for treatment in hospitals. The hospitalisation rate suggests that most children have mild infection. The R-value of Covid-19 in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar now stands at 1%,” he stated.
As the hospitalisation and severity rate of minor infectees is minimal in the State, strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines is advisable to contain spread of infection, he added.
Meanwhile, the State School & Mass Education Department is reviewing the situation after more students tested positive for Covid-19 in two schools in Bargarh and Dhenkanal districts.
“More than 40 percent of students of a private school in Bargarh and one state-run school in Dhenkanal have reportedly been infected with Coronavirus. I have spoken to the CDMOs of the districts in this regard. Further course of action will be taken after reviewing the situation,” School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash told reporters outside House in Odisha Assembly here today.