Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today cautioned the people against developing complacency and self-satisfaction because of a continuous drop in the number of new Covid infections in the State.
Reviewing Covid management in the State through video conferencing, Patnaik attributed the continuous fall in Covid infections to the hard work by all doctors, health workers, police administration, Covid Warriors and concerted efforts of all concerned departments.
He pointed out that total testing for Covid has crossed over 40 lakh and 2.5 have been cured of the disease.
The Chief Minister has advised all to remain alert and strictly observe Covid guidelines in view of the ensuing festive season.
He further advised for continuing massive awareness campaigns on Covid and warned against slightest of negligence in any field.
Patnaik stressed on giving more emphasis to the treatment of patients with co-morbidities.
Keeping in mind livelihood of the poor, he advised for continuing with economic programmes. All efforts should be made so that production of industrial enterprises is not affected and investments are made, he added.
The Chief Minister extended his warm wishes and greetings for the Dusshera to all Covid Warriors and their families.
During the meeting Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra apprised the Chief Minister on the Covid situation in the State.
Mohapatra informed that despite a decline in Covid infections in the State, the administration is fully vigilant.
He said that extra precautionary steps are being taken in view of Dusshera and Deepawali.
Mohapatra told that as on date five districts of Khordha, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Angul had over 1,000 active Covid cases, while other districts have recorded a fall in the number of active cases.
Making a detailed presentation on corona infection control in the State, Additional Chief Secretary Health Pradipta Mohapatra said that infection rate in the State has dropped to 0.71% and the recovery rate has reached 93% which is more than the national average.
He informed that as per the orders of the Chief Minister RT-PCR Test Reports are being provided within 24 hours.
Mohapatra said that the decline in infection rate in the State has inspired doctors, health workers to put in more efforts to deliver health care to the patients.
He stated that since there has been a decrease in the positivity rate people are showing less interest in testing. He requested patients with symptoms to come forward for testing.
It was revealed at the meeting that for the first time after August 18, the number of active cases in the State is below 20,000. Currently, it is 18050 and 15,515 patients are in home isolation.
Informing about the steps taken for strict observance of Covid protocols, Director General of Police Abhay said that a strategy has been drawn up following discussions with all Superintendents of Police in view of the festive season.
Arrangements have been made for additional police deployment and special vigil in vulnerable districts while Puja Committees in different cities have been sensitized, he added.
It was further revealed during the meeting that sero survey has been completed in Bhubaneswar and Dusshera it will be undertaken in Cuttack and Puri.