Experience of 1st & 2nd waves will help in handling possible 3rd wave of COVID: Patnaik

Experience of 1st & 2nd waves will help in handling possible 3rd wave of COVID: Patnaik


Experience of 1st & 2nd waves will help in handling possible 3rd wave of COVID: Patnaik



Bhubaneswar, Jun 25 (PTI) Completing foundation laying
events for setting up of Medical Oxygen Plants in all the 30
districts of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said
the experience gained by handling the first and the second
waves of COVID-19 pandemic will certainly help to face the
challenges of the possible third spell.
Patnaik said the state has been working to ensure that not
a single COVID patients is deprived of proper healthcare.
He laid the foundation for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO)
storage Vessel System (6KL capacity) at the district
headquarters hospitals in Angul, Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal,
Gajapati, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
While complimenting all the doctors, health workers, Asha
and Anganwadi workers for their relentless fight against the
COVID-19 pandemic, Patnaik said,”The experience we have gained
from the first and second waves of the corona will definitely
help us to the face the challenges of the possible third
The work that is being done in the infrastructure sector
will further strengthen our fight against coronavirus, he
He said the work has begun on oxygen plants in all 30
districts of the state, which would be completed over the next
two months.
In addition, the Athmallik Sub-Divisional Hospital has an
oxygen pipe jointed ward- Pallahada Sub-Divisional Hospital
while the Madhapur and Kishornagar Group Health Centers and
Thakurmunda and Bainda Primary Health Centers have piped
oxygen supply Ward 6, as well as the new district main
hospital at Deogarh Rajmunda.
Meanwhile, the state government has asked all heads of
medical colleges and other healthcare institutions to test
samples of medical oxygen plants being set up all over the
state before its medical consumption.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, PK
Mohapatra has asked all heads of all Medical Colleges &
Hospitals and Chief District Medical & Public Health Officers
to test the sample of oxygen plants at a lab accredited by the
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration
Laboratories (NABL).
“To ensure that these plants deliver oxygen appropriate
for medical consumption, sample testing of oxygen should be
done in a NABL accredited lab as per guidelines,” Mohapatra
told the authorities of healthcare institutions.
Mohapatra made it clear that the PSA (Pressure swing
adsorption) plants must be commissioned for medical use only
after receipt of satisfactory report by the hospital
The officials have been urged to ensure that this oxygen
sample testing is undertaken for all new PSA plants being set
up in health institutions, irrespective of source of funding
and capital investment for the plant.
Meanwhile, the H&FW department has also allowed use of
Disability certificate with photo issued to persons with
disability (PwD) by competent authority of the state
government as one of prescribed Photo ID document for
COVID-19 vaccination
As all persons with disabilities have not been provided
with an Aadhaar card so far, the government has permitted the
use of Disability Certificate for verification of such
beneficiaries prior to COVID-19 vaccination.
Similarly, the District Collectors and Municipal
Commissioners have been instructed to hold meetings with
private hospitals for procurement of vaccines for the future.
As per allocation made by the centre, the private
hospitals in the state will get 8,43,930 doses of Covishield
and 1,73,040 doses of Covaxin in July.
The private hospitals will place their demand before the
state while the Government of India will facilitate
procurement of vaccines from domestic manufacturers. PTI AAM

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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