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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: All the persons detected positive or having Coronavirus symptoms will be treated only in dedicated COVID-19 hospitals that have been set up across Odisha, informed State Health Secretary Nikunja Dhal in a presser today.

For the purpose, as many as seven COVID19 hospitals have been established in the State.

“As of now, there are no COVID19 patients or suspected coronavirus cases in SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack. Similarly, the City Hospital in Cuttack has no patients with coronavirus symptoms. People are free to visit these hospitals to get treatment,” added Dhal.

Meanwhile, there are no COVID19 positive patients in any govt hospitals in the State, except one in Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar. The patient in Capital Hospital has been kept in strict isolation and his recent samples were tested negative for COVID19. We will conduct some more tests and if the reports are negative, he will be discharged, the Health Secretary stated.

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Dhal also urged the people of the State to refrain from visiting hospitals, in case of flu-like symptoms. He rather asked people to call government helpline no. 104 for doctor’s assistance following which all the necessary steps will be taken by the concerned authorities.

“All the government and private hospitals have been advised to follow special operating procedure (SOP) while handling persons with flu-like symptoms. There will be separate lines, special entry and exit for these patients. Dedicated doctors and nurses will examine these patients and they have been provided with adequate N-95 masks and other protective gear. Any private hospital which has not been identified as COVID19 hospital cannot treat coronavirus patients,” said Dhal.

On the other hand, Director of Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) in Odisha, CBK Mohanty said in the presser that the people found positive with coronavirus will be shifted to COVID-19 hospital under the supervision of the state Health department.

“Those found positive with COVID-19 will be shifted to hospital under supervision of the concerned department. Those having minimal symptoms can stay at home isolation but in one condition, if the symptoms increase, they have to immediately inform the authorities,” stated Mohanty.

Mohanty also said that ICUs and other facilities have been kept ready in all the COVID-19 hospitals and the medical experts who will be treating these patients have also been imparted adequate training.

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