Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: A three-member Central team on Thursday arrived in Odisha to review preparedness by the State government to deal with suspected coronavirus cases.

The team comprising Dr Shikha Vardhan, Dr K. Choudhary and Dr Anuradha Sulaniya held discussion with State health secretary Nikunja Dhal, Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) CBK Mohanty and regional Director of public health, Sushant Kumar Kar.

Later, the Central team visited the isolation ward at SCB Medical College and Hospital and reviewed the steps taken by the hospital authorities to treat suspected coronavirus cases.

According to sources, 33 people from Odisha returned to the State from China, Thailand and Hong Kong after the outbreak of the deadly virus in China after January 15.  Out of the three persons, who were admitted to SCB, a medical student from Phulbani has been discharged while two others are still undergoing treatment at the isolation ward.

Similarly, the samples of four persons among the remaining 30 persons were found to be negative.

“A medical student from Phulbani has been discharged from SCB Medical after his samples tested negative. The sample reports of two others are still awaited and they are undergoing treatment in the isolation ward as a preventive measure,” said CBK Mohanty, director of DMET.

“Among the remaining 30 persons, four have been tested negative and excluded from home surveillance while 26 are still under home surveillance. We are in constant touch with them. They have been asked to contact the control room or nearby hospital in case they develop any symptom or complications,” Mohanty said.

As per the guidelines of the government of India, a 30 bed hospital has been set up while 4-5 bed wards have been set up in district headquarters hospitals. The Central team today reviewed the preparedness in the wards, he added.