Odishatv Bureau

Odisha government on Sunday informed that around 97% of COVID patients in the State are not needing hospitalization. Of the total 16117 active positive cases, 15640 are being treated in home isolation which means as many as 477 patients are under treatment at various hospitals in the State.

The figures were revealed during a review meeting on the COVID situation in the State by Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra.

The discussions in the meeting showed that a total number of 7181 oxygen-supported beds, around 1000 pediatric beds, 2024 ICUs and HDUs, and 874 ventilators were already made available in all districts.

Rapid Response Teams have been deployed to monitor the home isolation cases. Similarly, only around 3% of the available beds, 11% of the ICUs, and 3% of the ventilators are being used in the State.

Chief Secretary directed to insulate the doctors, nurses, and health workers detailed for Covid duty with booster dose on priority basis and also asked the officials to ensure all Covid hospitals and Care Centers put in place help desk system for communication with family members and relatives of the patients.

Health and Family Welfare Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Sharma said that all facilities and provisions put in place for combating the second wave of the pandemic should be reactivated with full force. He also asked the Collectors to recruit the retired doctors and nurses locally as per the requirement. The CDMOs and Public Health officers were asked to go ahead with booster dose vaccination with the already available vaccines in all districts.

Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra also directed the Collectors to visit all Covid hospitals personally and look into the arrangements like availability of medicine, manpower, instruments, pathological test facilities, oxygen, seamless admission of the patients, proper treatment, trained doctors, nurse and health workers communication with family members of the patients.