Bhubaneswar, Oct 22: Odisha health Secretary PK Mohapatra asked the collectors to ensure adequate preparedness on Covid-19 during the ensuing festive session and winter.
“Experts have warned that in view of the approaching festive and winter season, the resurgence of COVID-19 cannot be ruled out. Based upon the evidence of the second wave in many Western European countries where winter has started as well as the surge of positive cases in Kerala after Onam festival, we should avoid any complacency about the decline in the number of new cases and keep up our efforts to contain the pandemic,” said the health Secretary in a letter to the Collectors.
Due to the upcoming festival season and the present unlock situation, it is important to re-emphasise amongst the people the importance and significance of following the COVID appropriate behaviour including wearing masks, respiratory etiquette, social distancing and hand washing / hygiene, through an intensive and focused campaigning strategy, stated the letter.
The Chief Minister in his address on Oct 20 to people of the state had appealed not to be complacent over the declining positive rate during the last fortnight and to avoid crowded places during the festive season, so that the benefits of obeying social distancing norms for last seven months and our fight against the pandemic will not go in vain.
Till there is a vaccine for COVID, we must remain careful. If the infection rebounds, the people as well as the Stale will suffer.
The Health Secretary reiterated to fine-tune the preparedness of the district, corporation limits for management of COVID-19, gear up the IEC campaign on a mission mode to ensure the following of COVID appropriate behaviour by all and strict enforcement of the COVID guidelines as any relaxation in the enforcement of health norms will have serious implications.