Bhubaneswar: Commenting on World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan’s statement that Covid-19 in India may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity, Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra said that endemic can again turn pandemic if we don’t control it.
“The thumb rule is to be vigilant. We shall all have to remain vigilant. We request all to take upon themselves the responsibility to avoid contracting the infection,” stated Dr Mohapatra.
Citing the case of Maharashtra where cases are rising now after declining a few days back the Director of Health Services cautioned that though we are in a better position today with a low positivity rate, low hospitalisation rate and less number of serious patients we cannot afford to be complacent.
Dr Mohapatra said that the danger is not yet over as predicted by the experts’ cases can go up anytime in September, October or November.
“So, therefore, all measures being taken to contain this shall continue, all should adhere to the prescribed social behaviour so that they don’t catch the infection,” stated Dr Mohapatra while reiterating that all are studying the dynamics of Covid and no one is 100 per cent sure shot that further any new variant won’t emerge.
The way Covid is undergoing biological transformation it is better to analyze on a daily basis instead of making a final comment, he added.
The Director of Health Services said that technical programmes like surveillance, vaccination etc taken up by the department will continue.