Bhubaneswar: Taking into consideration the current trend, Covid situation in Odisha is better, stated Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr Bijay Mohapatra.
“Though we cannot say that infections won’t rise but keeping the current trend in view we can say that we are in a better position,” said Dr Mohapatra.
The DHS referred to the findings of the Sero-survey announced by the Director of Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) as ‘most encouraging’.
“It’s a heartening report on the prevalence of antibodies in our society. According to the report, antibody count in all categories of people is good-healthcare providers have above 93%, while the general population has above 73%,” said Dr Mohapatra.
He said the findings have revealed that the position of vaccinated people is very good.
“This shows that we all have developed antibodies. Secondly, our vaccination drive is working. Thirdly, there is no difference between Covishield vaccination and Covaxin vaccination. Both have almost the same results. Fourthly, antibody level is also good in rural populations. So we can say that we are in a better situation,” he explained.
While admitting that there is fluctuation in the number of infections in Khordha and Cuttack, Dr Mohapatra said that it is within control.
“I will again appeal not be complacent as the festive season is around the corner. If we control and maintain social behaviour like this and with the technical interventions by the government, we should think that we are certainly moving towards a better situation,” the DHS stated.