Omicron Scare: BMC Ramps Up Covid Testing At Educational Institutions

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the new Omicron variant detected in the country and to further strengthen its fight against Covid-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ramped up mass testing of students and staff of educational institutions in the city.

With a motto of ‘testing, tracing and treatment’, the BMC has been conducting testing camps (RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen) in educational institutions, especially schools that reopened recently for physical classes to prevent transmission.

The civic body ramped up mass testing of students and staff of educational institutions following the direction of Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Singh.

Acting as per the direction, Purandar Nanda (North Zone), Mahendra Kumar Badhai, Zonal Deputy Commissioner (South-East Zone), Rabi Narayan Jethy, Zonal Deputy Commissioner (South-West Zone) have asked their testing teams to speed up testing by covering each and every educational institution in their respective zones.

They are visiting these testing camps and monitoring the situation every day to ensure maximum coverage and early detection of the virus.

In North Zone, the testing has covered Ashram School, Rasulgarh, Ashram School, Nayapalli, Prabhuji English Medium School, Institute of Hotel Management, VSS Nagar, Jaydev College, Nahar Kanta, Biju Patnaik College, Jayadev Vihar, GGP Colony High School, VSS Nagar High School etc.

Similarly, Covid-19 testing camps are being held at RD Women’s University, Maharshi College of Natural Law, Unit-IX Boy’s School, Badagada High School and Capital High School, among others.

Likewise, BMC is conducting such testing camps at DAV School, Unit-8, IRC Village High School, Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Nayapalli (Ward-23), Tapoban High School, Paika Nagar High School near Delta Square under South-West Zone.

Till today, about 1500 individuals have been tested in each zone.

The institutions were asked to isolate students or staff having symptoms and immediately contact authorities for testing of the Covid suspects as well as their close contacts.

Also, authorities of institutions were directed to remain in constant touch with local health workers and doctors of their localities and report any suspect case immediately.

This apart, random testing is being carried out in tribal hostels, offices of private organizations, markets and apartments etc. to check transmission.

As physical classes had started for classes 10 and 12 on July 26, class 11 from October 21,  class 8 from October 25 and classes 6 and 7 students from November 15, the BMC keeps a vigilant eye to check further transmission of coronavirus.

Notably, a testing kiosk was put up again at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) last week for helping passengers with travel history to ‘at risk’ countries for the Omicron variant to undergo on-the-spot testing.