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Central Team Arrives in Odisha to Review Covid-19 Situation

The central team deployed by the ministry of health and family welfare to monitor Covid-19 management has arrived in Odisha.

The team consists of two members – Professor of Kolkata-based All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health (AIIH&PH) Dr Shibani Dutta, who reached Bhubaneswar today morning, and Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra, a professor at AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

“As per our programme, today we will have meetings with state government officials and tomorrow will visit the districts which are having high caseloads and rising case trend,” Dutta told reporters.

During the field visit, the team will see early tracing & testing of cases along with surveillance & containment activities. They will also examine whether the hospitals are equipped with sufficient numbers of beds and ventilators, she informed.

The team will monitor the overall implementation of all Covid-19 norms and appropriate behaviour, the availability of hospital beds, ambulances, ventilators, and medical oxygen, and vaccination. The team members are also expected to give suggestions on health remedies respective to the state governments, sources said.

“Usually, there is a gap in between the detection and death of a Covid-positive case. If a person is infected today, the death usually occurs after a few days when he/she gets serious and does not respond to the treatment,” said Director Medical Education and Training (DMET), CBK Mohanty.

So, a few patients are under treatment in critical care facilities for many days, adding to the high fatality rate. However, the deaths may also come very soon, Mohanty added.

However, the test positivity rate (TPR) has come down to 3.75 per cent today, from 4.03 per cent reported yesterday (July 4).

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