In the wake of possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Odisha Government has already started its preparation to avoid any kind of eventualities, said Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of State Health Department Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.
The State government is emphasising on strengthening medical facilities and ramping up tests to deal with the pandemic, he said.
“Some experts have opined about the possible third wave of the pandemic. The State government is fully prepared for the situation. In an urgent basis, Oxygen PSA and liquid Oxygen plants will be set up in all the district headquarters hospitals and medical colleges in the next two and half months. We will also set up more paediatric beds in the hospitals as children may be more vulnerable to the disease,” Mohapatra added.
The State government has also set a target to set up RTPCR laboratories in each district headquarters hospitals to ramp up testing in next two months.
“The Odisha Government has placed an order for 5,000 sachets of 2-DG (2-deoxy-D-glucose) anti-Covid drugs for the treatment of hospitalised Covid-19 patients. The anti-Covid medicine is claimed to help faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduce Oxygen dependence. Hopefully the medicines will be delivered to the State on June 7-10,” said Mohapatra adding that as many as 25 black fungus infected patients have been identified from the State so far.
“Three of them have died. However their death could be attributed to other reasons,” said Mohapatra.
He informed that the test positivity rate in the state is currently at 14 per cent and hopefully the situation will improve in next 10 days as the peak of the second surge of the pandemic is already over.
“Measures have been taken to ensure adequate Oxygen supply to all the hospitals in the State. Odisha has also supplied 25,000 tonnes of Oxygen to 18 states and UTs so far,” he added.
(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)