04 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: The School and Mass Education Department in Odisha has issued instructions to all schools to take students to hospitals in the event of any student found suffering from cough, cold or allied symptoms as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.
"Teachers in schools have been instructed to immediately take students to a hospital and do the needful in the event of any student is found to be suffering from cough, cold or allied symptoms vis a vis coronavirus," informed Samir Ranjan Dash, Minister of School and Mass Education here today.
The Minister said that this has been done as per the advisory issued by the Health department as a precaution against possible coronavirus infection.
"I feel the coronavirus scare is not going to affect examinations," Dash remarked, while talking to reporters on coronavirus scare affecting upcoming examinations in the State, this being examination season in the schools.
The Minister stated that the State government is well prepared to tackle coronavirus and the Health department's advisory in this regard is applicable to all.
In a related development on coronavirus preparedness, Director of Medical Education and Training (MET) Dr CBK Mohanty told reporters that Odisha has already complied with Union government's advisory on preparedness on coronavirus.
Dr Mohanty made the statement after attending a video conference with the Union Health Secretary on coronavirus preparedness.
"They advised to create a large hospital in the Capital city or nearby earmarked and isolated for coronavirus suspects/affected having a capacity of 30. We have already created that in SCB. In other hospitals, they have advised creating five-bedded facilities, on this front we have already created the facilities at district headquarters hospitals. Presently, we have no scope to do anything more," the MET Director said giving details of the preparedness on coronavirus.
He said that airports are under the Central government and those are being monitored by the latter.
Dr Mohanty revealed that the Central government as of now is monitoring 41 airports as surveillance centres or screening centres out of which Bhubaneswar airport is one.
He added that these airports have been provided with thermal cameras and provisions have been put in place for passengers to give self declarations.
"We have till date screened 14 persons who had China links, out them only two have been kept in hospitals and the remaining are under home surveillance. Health department/public health department is in touch with them on a daily basis," Dr Mohanty revealed.