Bhubaneswar: Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, on Thursday asked all District, Municipal, Police and Health authorities in the State to be prepared for the resurgence of COVID-19 during the festive and winter season.
“As you are aware, experts have warned that in view of the approaching festive and winter season, the resurgence of COVID-19 can not be ruled out. Based upon the evidence of the second wave in many Western European countries where winter has started as well as the surge of positive cases in Kerala after Onam festival, we should avoid any complacency about the decline in the number of new cases and keep up our efforts to contain the pandemic,” stated Mohapatra in a letter to the authorities.
He added that due to the upcoming festival season and the present unlock situation, it is important to re-emphasise amongst the people the importance and significance of following the COVID appropriate behaviour including wearing masks, respiratory etiquette, social distancing and hand washing / hygiene, through an intensive and focused campaigning strategy.
Reiterating the Chief Minister’s address of October 20, Mohapatra asked the authorities to fine tune the preparedness of their District / Corporation limits for management of COVID-19, gear up the IEC campaign on a mission mode to ensure following of COVID appropriate behavior by all and strict enforcement of the COVID guidelines as any relaxation in the enforcement of health norms will have serious implications.
“Hon’ble Chief Minister in his address on 20.10.2020 to people of the State has appealed not to be complacent over the declining positive rate during the last fortnight and to avoid crowded places during the festive season, so that the benefits of obeying social distancing norms for last seven months and our fight against the pandemic will not go in vain. Till there is a vaccine for COVID, we must remain careful. If the infection rebounds, the people as well as the State will suffer,” stated Mohapatra.