Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Amid massive surge in cases of Coronavirus infection in the State, Chief of Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) Odisha, CBK Mohanty said the second wave of the pandemic might hit the peak between end of April and first week of May, 2021.

Briefing the situation of Covid-19 in the State, Mohanty said, “The peak has already started in Maharashtra while Delhi and other states might see the climax by last week of April and in some states it will extend to May. In Odisha too, the peak might come between the end of April and first week of May. After that, the cases will decrease naturally at the same pace it is increasing now,” he added.

Mohanty further stated that the State Government is fully prepared to meet any health exigencies and clarified that there is no shortage of oxygen stock for Covid-19 patients so far in the State.

“Among the available beds at 70 dedicated Covid hospitals in the State, only 26 percent general beds have been used. Similarly, 14.18 percent ICU and 10 percent ventilators, respectively are in use now,” informed the DMET Director.

Mohanty further added, “Last time during the first wave, the consumption of oxygen was 28-30 metric tonne per day in the State. Odisha has adequate medical oxygen suppliers which can meet the requirement easily. We do not see any shortage of oxygen supply till date.”

Keeping in view the situation, the State Government is gradually increasing beds for Covid-19 patients, he said.

“Cluster Level Temporary Medical Camps (TMC) have been created in block level for isolation of the migrants who returning the State. Covid Care Homes (CCH) and dedicated Covid hospitals have also become operational,” said Mohanty.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)