With the second wave gradually slowing down in Odisha; acting on the apprehensions over another Covid wave, the Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra stated that Odisha is fully prepared for a possible third wave. The Health Director stated that a Special Task Force has been set up for battling a third wave and all necessary arrangements are already in place for the same.
Mishra also pointed that the death rate in Odisha is lower in comparison to the death rate in other states of the country. Odisha Public Health Director, Niranjan Mishra said,We had expected that the state would hit the peak in the month of May. We have already crossed our peak and are in the declining stage. Currently we don’t have so many cases (black fungus) but just to be on the safer side, we have made preparations accordingly.
Right now, we have reports of 41 patients with us and it hasn’t mushroomed the way it has in other states with thousands of cases. We have made preparations in case they increase. If you notice, when the cases peaked in Maharashtra and Gujarat, in Tamil Nadu; here in Odisha it wasn’t that high. We are behind them in the wave. The transmission happened a little late in our state, therefore the cases will also decrease accordingly. There is also a decrease in the number of serious cases.
In most hospitals, the count of vacant beds is increasing. Preparations for the third wave are underway. This is an ongoing process. An independent task force has also been put together for it. They have had a meeting and by June they would be giving the recommendation. Accordingly further action would be taken.
Published: Dipti Ranjan Das
Last updated: 02 June 2021, 03:33 PM IST
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