Bhubaneswar: Even though the peak of the Covid-19 second wave is already over, Odisha has started preparations to tackle a possible third wave outbreak of the pandemic.
State Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra on Wednesday said that the government is well prepared for the possible third wave.
“Preparation to tackle the pandemic is a continuous process. A special task force has been formed. The panel will give recommendations based on which the preparation for the third wave is expedited, he added,” Mishra added.
Separate wards for Covid and non-covid patients in all district headquarters hospital will be set up.
The door-to-door survey has kicked off to trace and track more infections especially in rural areas. As per the guidelines of ICMR, priority has been given on more rapid antigen test in village areas, he said.
Speaking on the status of black fungus infections in the State, the top health official said “We have reports of 41 patients infected with black fungus which is not a major figure. The number of patients has not yet increased in comparison to other States. Still, the government is well prepared to face the situation if the number goes up.”
Mishra said the State has already crossed the second wave peak of Covid 19 infection even as the single-day fatalities due to the contagious virus continue to witness a surge in the State.
He said the Covid graph in the State has shown a downward trend as 'it has already crossed the peak'.
“We had predicted that the Covid-19 might touch the peak in May. Perhaps, we have crossed the peak. Now, the graph is showing downward trend and will continue to decrease in the coming days,” Mishra maintained.
States like Maharastra, Gujarat, Haryana had crossed the peak earlier as the infection outbreak had started early in those states. But, in the case of Odisha, the infection came late, so dip in daily cases would be delayed accordingly, he added.
The number of critical patients is also decreasing as beds in most of the hospitals are now lying vacant, he said.
He attributed the daily deaths to more seriously ill patients being treated at various hospitals.
“The number of daily fatalities in the State is much lower than other states. As there were more seriously ill Covid patients treated at various hospitals, the number of daily deaths also increased accordingly,” Mishra pointed out.
It is worth mentioning, the State reported 8, 399 fresh Covid-19 cases with 40 fatalities due to the virus in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative death toll in the State jumped to 2831 with the fresh fatalities while positive tally reached 78, 2131.