Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government is well prepared for the possible third wave of Covid pandemic even though there is no immediate threat of a next wave in the State.
Experts opined that the next wave is imminent and predicted it to arrive somewhere in October-November.
Health experts predict that the possible third wave may not be as dangerous as the second one. A team of researchers constituted by the Central government had recently opined that the third wave might impact half of the number of people affected in the second wave. It means the single-day infections would be half of the second wave.
“A third-wave is imminent. But, it is difficult to say that it would come to Odisha in September or October. We should all follow Covid appropriate behaviour,” said Ashok Mohapatra, health expert and former director of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar.
“If we observe the world trend, many countries are experiencing the third and fourth wave. Cases in Tokyo, Thailand, Indonesia and Malyesia are rising. Some towns in Australia are still under lockdown,” he added.
On the other hand, the government has completed all preparations to face any challenges that would arise out of the possible third wave.
The State Health department is well prepared to face the possible third wave. An SOP has been prepared and all the District Collectors, Medical College Authorities, Municipal Corporations have been asked to stay prepared for the possible next wave, Health Minister Naba Das said.
Special training is being imparted to nurses and health professional as experts predict that the third wave may hit children, he added.
“We have directed all the District Headquarters Hospitals to reserve at least 10 beds for suspected cases. Similarly, 20 isolation beds are reserved at VIMSAR, 10 each at SCB and Fakir Mohan Medical College, Balasore,” the Minister pointed out.
Meanwhile, Odisha has crossed the landmark of 1 crore single dose vaccination, the Health and Family Welfare Department has informed through a tweet.