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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With focus on healthcare infrastructure, Odisha government has formulated a special COVID-19 management strategy for worst-hit Ganjam district. The main strategy of health officials will be to reduce COVID-19 fatalities and strengthen overall monitoring mechanism.

The OPD and emergency services at MKCG hospital in Berhampur will be reopened soon. The decision was taken after at a high-level meeting chaired by additional chief secretary (health), Pradipta Mohapatra on Saturday.

Apart from infrastructure, focus will be given on encouraging telemedicine and awareness campaign in Ganjam district which has now turned into a COVID-19 hotspot in the State. The COVID-19 tally in the district reached 5,527 after 247 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

The OPD and the emergency wing of MKCG will function 24x7. Additional superintendent will be appointed at the medical college to help the incumbent superintendent in COVID-19 management.

The children’s ward will be converted into a 100 bedded COVID Care Centre. Similarly, 150 bed each COVID CARE Centres will also be set up at Bidyutpur and on the premises of Sishu Mandir which will be managed by Berhampur Municipal Corporation. The City hospital will provide necessary assistance in treatment of patients.

Berhampur Municipal Corporation officials informed that during the house-to-house survey, 8618 persons having comorbidity conditions have been identified. As many as 115 COVID monitors will check their basic health conditions almost on a daily basis.

A three-layer of monitoring mechanism has been for surveillance and adequate steps are being taken to expand the screening in areas which have been left out in the current survey, a corporation official said.

“Our OPD services were temporarily closed to prevent COVID-19 spread. Apart from opening the OPD, we are starting telemedicine services by adding four more lines to check congestion. Earlier, the facility was being provided two helpline numbers,” said Additional Superintendent of MKCG.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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