Cassian Baliarsingh

Amid the new Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.5 scare, Odisha Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra on Tuesday said that the State government is ready for any kind of emergency and there is no threat to the upcoming FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.

He also advised everyone to take precautions and follow Covid-19 protocols for the next 30-40 days.

“First case linked to XBB.1.5 has been detected in India. However, there is not much information regarding its symptoms and nature. Research is on. But, I advise everyone to be careful, take proper precautions and follow Covid-19 rules for the next 30-40 days,” said Mishra.

“After BF.7, now the new sub-variant has been detected in India. However, there is nothing to worry as the Odisha government is well-equipped and all arrangements have been made. All medical colleges have been advised to keep ready at least 20 beds each. Furthermore, DHHs also have enough beds for Covid-19 patients. If there is any need, we will direct officials of medical institutions to increase the number of beds,” Mishra added.

He further stated that Odisha has only 50 Covid-19 cases since November. So, there is nothing to panic.

“But, there are chances that the number of cases may increase. So, we have to be careful and be ready,” he further stated.

Meanwhile, speaking about all the arrangements for the upcoming Hockey World Cup, Health Director Bijay Mohapatra stated that all the Urban PHCs and CHCs are well-equipped with testing facilities. Moreover, special testing facilities have also been set up inside stadiums.

“Testing facilities have been set up in all the PHCs and CHCs in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. Moreover, testing facilities are also available inside the stadiums. The Hockey World Cup is a big event for Odisha and the whole world will watch. So, we are ready to tackle any situation,” Mohapatra stated.