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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Taking note of the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Friday directed officials to step up vaccination and expand health infrastructures among other measures to mitigate the pandemic.

"Vaccination of comorbid categories should be stepped up on a war footing," State additional chief secretary (health) Pradipta Mohapatra wrote in a letter addressed to all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and CDM and PHOs.

Mohapatra said the required numbers of beds with oxygen facilities in district headquarters hospitals and medical college and hospitals should be kept in readiness for immediate use of Covid patients. Other categories of isolation beds in ICU, HDU, Dialysis, Labour Room etc should also be kept in readiness for immediate use of patients.

He said private hospitals of the districts shall also be kept in readiness for immediate use with short notice.

"Adequate stock of medicine like Flavipiravir, Remdisivir etc should be maintained at district level to meet the demand at local level," Mohapatra said.

"District teams should be re-oriented on the SOP for treatment of patients under home isolation, and the same should be followed without fail," he added.

Mohapatra also pointed out that the RRTs teams should undertake periodic visits to patients under home isolation as per SOP.

Today, 461 persons tested positive for the infection in Odisha, according to the State I & PR Department. This is the highest single-day spike in the last over two months.

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