Novel coronavirus: Central team visits Odisha, no confirmed case found in State


Bhubaneswar: A four-member Central team on Thursday visited Odisha to take stock of the State Health administration’s preparedness to identify as well as treat any patient infected with the novel coronavirus.

The Central Health Ministry team visited the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and monitored preparedness of the premier hospital to combat Corona infection. At least three persons who recently visited China have been kept in an isolation ward in the premier State-run hospital.

On the other hand, one China-returned medical student was admitted to the hospital was discharged from the SCB after he was tested negative for the deadly virus, said Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Prof CBK Mohanty.

So far, no confirmed case of coronavirus infection has been reported in Odisha.

The State Government had earlier issued an advisory appealing to those who returned from China recently to report to State-run hospitals if they were suffering from cough and mild fever.

Novel coronavirus (nCoV) causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes.

The Government has opened special wards in five major hospitals in the State for the treatment of any coronavirus case. While SCB Medical College Hospital and Hospital in Cuttack has opened a special ward with 48 beds with eight ICU beds for possible cases, similar facility has been made available at MKCG, Berhampur, VIMSAR, Burla, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela Government Hospital and Jharsuguda District Headquarters Hospital and also in Paradip Port Hospital.

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