Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: With a steady and rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases across the State especially in the Capital city, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with more rapid response team (RRT) in the city for smooth monitoring of contact tracing, home isolation and Covid safety protocols.

According to reports, as many as 39 teams have been formed for 67 wards in the civic body. As many as 13 teams having each at least one doctor, an awareness creator and an ANM have been deployed in each zone.

The team will make door-to-door campaign with health inquiry, data collection, and distribution of medicine for those under home isolation, reports said.

One special central team has been deployed for each zone, which will monitor all the activities of the RRTs through a designated Whatsapp group that includes the dedicated contact numbers of all the team members for the better management in response to Covid containment.

Apart from contact tracing, the team will look into the issues pertaining to enforcement of appropriate Covid behavior in public place and ramping up testing in the Capital city.

Earlier, 24 RRTs worked in all the wards in the city with eight teams being engaged for each ward. As the positive cases are rising by the day, the BMC authorities have increased the RRTs to 39.

Similarly, number of special Covid ambulances  has been raised from 18 to 28 for transportation of patients. As many as 18 dedicated ambulance vehicles were providing services in the Capital while ten more vehicles have been added to the fleet yesterday.

Keeping in view the rising number of cases, the BMC authorities have set a target to increase the number of beds in hospitals and covid care centres to 5,000. The Civic body focuses on increase in oxygen cylinders and beds across the hospitals.

Earlier, the municipal coroporation had decentralized the daily vegetable markets in the town in a bid to enforce the social distancing norms more effectively like previous year. Shops have been warned of strict action including sealing and closure in case of violation of prescribed covid norms.

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