Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday urged industrial houses and public sector undertakings operating in the State to set up their own COVID Care Centres (CCCs) within a week for the treatment of their employees in case of Covid infection.
Addressing through a video conference, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy assured the establishments of technical guidance, training facilities and supply of critical medicines.
"The government has created a large number of units under a three-tier COVID-19 care system. These are Covid Care Centers, Covid Heath Centers and Specialized Covid Hospitals. Asymptomatic or mild-symptomatic coronavirus positive persons are taken care in CCCs," the chief secretary said.
More than 80 per cent of the cases need management only in CCCs, he said.
"Taking away asymptomatic or mild-symptomatic persons from their homes to isolation by detaching them from all social contacts is not good for their physical and mental well-being. At times, it becomes traumatic for them. Considering this, the government has decided to allow home isolation or institutional isolation in their own social setting," Tripathy said.
Around 40 companies, including MCL, NALCO, OCL, Paradip Refinery, NTPC, RSP, IOCL, Tata Steel, JSW, Emami, Dalmia Cement, Hindalco, ACC Cement, Vedanta Ltd and JK Paper Ltd, participated in the virtual discussion.
Appreciating the decision of the government and the steps taken so far to fight COVID-19, the participants agreed to set up CCCs in their facilities for their employees and family members, State Industries Secretary Hemant Sharma informed the media after the meeting.
To save time and to make the process hassle-free, industries are advised to coordinate with the Collectors and Municipal Commissioners of the respective areas where the facilities would be set up, Sharma said.