Odisha doctors, health workers to get COVID booster dose on priority


Bhubaneswar, January 9: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Sunday directed all the district Collectors to ensure that doctors, nurses and heath workers engaged in COVID-19 duty are given booster dose on a priority basis.

Reviewing the Omicron situation in the State through video conferencing from Lokseva Bhawan here, Mohapatra said that also directed that all COVID-19 hospitals and COVID Care Centers should put in place help desk system for communication with family members and relatives of the patients.

Emphasizing upon empathetic treatment to the patients, Chief Secretary directed that no patient should feel neglected in hospitals. All should be attended with much care, and love. The family members also should be communicated about condition of the patients regularly.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Raj Kumar Sharma said that all facilities and provisions put in place for combating the second wave should be reactivated with full force. He also asked the Collectors to recruit the retired doctors and nurses locally as per the requirement. The CDMOs and Public Health officers were asked to go ahead with booster dose vaccination with the already available vaccines in all districts.

Development Commissioner Paradeep Kumar Jena assured of all sorts of cooperation among the State and Central PSUs and Covid hospitals. The Collectors were asked to go ahead with tripartite agreements like first and second wave.

Chief Secretary Mahapatra asked the Collectors about any additional requirement; and, directed Health and Family Welfare Department to provide those on priority basis.

Mahapatra also directed the Collectors to visit all COVID-19 hospitals personally; and look to the arrangements like availability of medicine, man power, instruments, pathological test facilities, oxygen, seamless admission of the patients, proper treatment, trained doctors, nurse and health workers communication with family members of the patients etc.

Discussions in the meeting showed that a total number of 7,181 oxygen supported beds, around 1000 pediatric beds, 2,024 ICUs and HDUs, and 874 ventilators were already made available in all districts. As of now, 16,117 active positive cases are there out of whom 15,640 patients are being treated in home isolation. They are being managed by the rapid response team members constituted in each district and ULBs. They have not needed hospitalization. The present trend shows that around 97% of the patients can be managed without actual hospitalization. Only around 3% of the available beds, 11% of the ICUs and 3% of the ventilators are being used.

Chief Secretary Mahapatra directed the keep additional facilities in all readiness to be made available as and when required.

Director National Health Mission Shalini Pandit, Director Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra, Additional DMET Dr Umakanta Satpathy along with senior officers of concerned departments participated in the deliberations.

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