Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has announced a number of preventive measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the official buildings have already been designated as quarantine facilities to prevent the deadly COVID-19 from spreading its tentacles. On Thursday, the government ordered to set up quarantine centres across all panchayats in the State.

In order to implement this, the government has approved a grant of Rs 5 lakh to each panchayat and if reports are anything to go by, the isolation centres would be ready very soon.

Mendhasala Government High School on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is another such designated centre which will offer quarantine facilities from tomorrow (March 20).

These centres will provide isolation beds, hygienic food, purified drinking water in one of the halls that has been properly sanitized. Also, there will be no power cut-off in such centres, said Mendhasala Sarpanch Mamata Behera.

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All Sarpanchs have been directed to keep a tab on persons coming from abroad or places outside Odisha. Anganwadi and ASHA workers were given training on effective disinfection and precautions to be taken to curb the spread of virus, and it is these ground workers who will sensitize villagers especially children and elderly through door-to-door awareness campaign.

This apart, 20 OSDs have been appointed by the State government to step up the process of coronavirus containment in five cities- Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Puri and Cuttack.

OYO's offer to turn hotels into quarantine facilities might boost fight against COVID-19

After Delhi implemented pay & use service, three premier hotels in the capital city of Bhubaneswar- Ginger Hotel near Jaydev Vihar, Empires Hotel near Saheed Nagar, Hotel Kalinga Ashok near Kalpana Square, are offering pay and use quarantine facilities for individuals and families to contain the spread of coronavirus infection. But with the COVID-19 threat looming large and so many people across the country seeking isolation/self-quarantine in fear of getting infected, will that meet the requirements? Yes and no.

As government looks to set up more such quarantine centres, Ritesh Agarwal, the founder of OYO, has lent a helping hand by offering to convert OYO rooms and homes into quarantine centres, wherein all facilities would be extended to people across cities in India.

Inc42 reported that immediately after Agarwal committed this, OYO had talks with health departments in all state governments and UTs to strengthen its network to provide best of services to travelers as well as localites, as per the guidelines laid down by State or Central Government authorities.

OYO pitching in to help government would mean that the services will become more affordable, thereby boosting quarantine facilities and subsequently the fight against COVID-19.

Odisha Labourers Under Quarantine

As many as nine migrant labourers who returned from Kerala to Odisha recently have been put under quarantine. Receiving information about their stay at a hotel in Rayagada, a special squad rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. Post collecting details on their movement, the team has asked them to be under quarantine at the same hotel for a period of two weeks, informed Rayagada Additional Tehsildar.

In another incident, three persons including one from Odisha, who had been quarantined in a Kerala hotel after one of them showed COVID-19 symptoms, have reportedly escaped. A manhunt has been launched to trace these three.

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