Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government’s strategy to set up COVID Care Homes (CCH) in villages (rural areas) and wards (urban areas) will act as a major defence against the spread of COVID-19 in the State. Speaking about the Government’s strategy for July, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, in current phase of the fight, the community and the people will be frontline warriors.
Odisha’s COVID Management Guideline is based on:
De-centralised management: empowering the COVID Management Committee in urban and rural areas, headed by the Ward Members for surveillance, monitoring and containing the spread of the infection.
Establishment and management of COVID Care Homes at Gram Panchayat (GP) level by Sarpanchs for isolation and treatment of symptomatic cases.
Continuance of Temporary Medical Camps (TMCs) for a cluster of GPs for quarantining of returnees.
“COVID Audit of Government and Private offices and obligation of the head of the office under Disaster Management Act, 2005 for enforcing physical distancing and mask wearing. Strict enforcement of social distancing, mask wearing and spitting regulations in all public places.”
“Strict adherence of COVID SOP by all Private Hospitals monitoring of travelers from hotspots outside the State, is very critical for the month of July. The Government will strictly enforce SOPs in private hospitals. This will ensure that the frontline workers of COVID warriors remain healthy,” added Tripathy.
Balancing between the life and livelihood, Government of Odisha has brought out new strategies for fighting Covid-19 in the State. Odisha’s model of fighting through community empowerment and participation has proved successful till today, he added.
“There shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required. Local Authorities may also identify Buffer Zones outside the Containment Zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions as considered necessary may be put in place by the Local authorities,” the Chief Secretary said.