COVID19 Lockdown: Odisha Issues Health Advisory For People Working From Home
Bhubaneswar: As a large number of people are working from home during the lockdown period which will continue till May 3, the Odisha government on Friday issued a health advisory on the dos and don’ts for them.
Asking people to maintain an active lifestyle while staying indoors, the Department of Health and Family Welfare advised them not to sit on a bed or sofa while working on a computer.
“Make sure that your back gets enough support,” the advisory said.
It also asked people to take a break in every 40 minutes and walk at least for 30 minutes every day.
“Avoid looking down on the screen of laptop/computer,” the advisory said.
The health department also appealed to the people to stay connected with each other through social media but stay away from fake news in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
On the psychological point of view, the health department suggested that people should accept the prevailing situation and not to be in denial mode.
“Be brave, be hopeful, rely and respect the system,” it said.
Asking people not to go for intoxicants to get false consolation, the health department forbade them to hate or suspect the family of a COVID-19 patient or to treat health workers with suspicion.
“Read, do yoga, work and give yourself some me-time, take rest and do physical work,” the advisory said.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government is planning to set up an NDRF-like health disaster mitigation facility in the state, said Health Minister Naba Kishore Das on Thursday.
A proposal has been made to establish a health disaster mitigation training centre so that doctors, paramedics, nurses can be imparted advance training for immediate deployment during future health exigencies, said the Health Minister.
“The proposed training centre will be set up in line with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),” the Minister said following a meeting of the empowered group of ministers on COVID-19 held through video conferencing on Thursday.
He said that the Health Department has decided to conduct a massive pool test of the coronavirus at the community level to identify the infected patient at the earliest.
Proposals have been made to facilitate coronavirus testing at all medical colleges in the state and increase the day-wise test count to more than 3000, he added.
Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena said the meeting on COVID-19 stressed on manpower development, training and capacity building.
Recommendations were made for the opening of coronavirus testing labs at all medical colleges and hospitals, he added.
(With Agency Inputs)