Plasma Therapy To Begin In Odisha’s Ganjam Tomorrow; CM Announces Slew Of Measures In Fight Against COVID-19

Bhubaneswar: After SUM, KIMS and Ashwini hospitals, plasma therapy will begin at Tata COVID Hospital, Sitalapalli, in Ganjam district from Tuesday.

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This was among the numerous steps Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Monday after a review meeting to re-draw and re-strengthen COVID strategy in the district, which has so far reported the highest 5,766 positive cases, and the entire state. 

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“A dedicated 100-bed (including 16-bed ICU) COVID Hospital will be set up at Amit Hospital, Berhampur. It will be operated by Ashwini Hospital, Cuttack. An MoU between Ganjam district administration and Cuttack Aswini Hospital has been signed for this initiative,” a CMO release said.

To strengthen the manpower in Ganjam, the government has already deployed two IAS officers as ADMs, 25 OAS Officers, 105 ORS officers, 30 MBBS doctors, 100 Ayush doctors, 27 lab technicians. Besides, officers of various levels including three DSPs and 10 platoons of the police force will be sent to the district, it said.

Naveen further announced Rs 25 crore to Ganjam district from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The other decisions taken at the meeting are as follows:

• The ambulance service in Ganjam will be further streamlined to ensure timely response to the patients. The District Collector has been empowered to deploy as many as 100 Ambulances as per the requirement.
• Special focus will be on mental health counselling of the patients. Professionals will be involved for the same.

For the rest of Odisha:

• Doctors, paramedics and Class IV staff working in COVID Hospitals/ COVID Health Centre/ COVID Care Centre to get incentives at Rs 1000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 respectively per day for the number of days they are serving COVID positive patients.
• ASHA workers engaged in door-to-door survey and special surveys to get Rs 1000 per month as an incentive from July to October.
• Anganwadi Workers engaged in door-to-door and special surveys to get Rs 1000 per month during the period engaged for surveys.

The Chief Minister also lauded the Ganjam administration for timely initiatives on COVID management.

Speaker Surjya Patra, Forestand Environment Minister Bikaram Keshari Arukh and Health Minister Naba Das also attended the meeting through video conferencing.

Among other, Chief Secretary, Chief Advisor to CMO, Police DG, Development Commissioner, ACS Health, ACS-cum-SRC and other senior officers were also present.

 

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