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Odisha to provide booster dose to health workers as Covid cases rise

As part of its preparation for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Odisha government on Sunday asked district authorities to ensure that doctors, nurses and other health workers treating patients with coronavirus receive the booster dose of the vaccine as a priority.

The directive was issued by Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra to district collectors while reviewing the upsurge in COVID-19 cases as well as the detection of Omicron cases in the state.

The districts are all ready to tackle the omicron situation and provide appropriate treatment for those infected, Mohapatra said after the meeting.

The chief secretary also called on all Covid hospitals and care centers to set up an assistance system for communication with family members and relatives of patients.

He said no patient should feel neglected in hospitals.

Additional Chief Health and Family Welfare Secretary RK Sharma said all facilities and arrangements put in place during the second wave of the pandemic should be reactivated with full force.

He also asked district collectors to locally recruit retired doctors and nurses as needed.

Odisha recorded 4,714 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, 28% more than the day before, and the biggest one-day spike in nearly six months, the health ministry said. The number of cases rose to 10.71 lakh.

The state has so far detected 75 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Odisha has ordered five lakh OmiSure kits for the early detection of the new variant, said kit maker TATA Medical & Diagnostics.

The orders were placed with the company by Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL), an independent procurement agency for the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Odisha is the first state in the country to place orders for OmiSure kits for Omicron detection at the first-line test point, the company said in a statement.

The OmiSure is the first locally developed Omicron-specific COVID-19 detection RT-PCR test kit, the company said.

It is the only kit approved by the ICMR for RT-PCR detection of the Omicron variant, he said.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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