30 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: Taking into account the severity of the approaching cyclone “Fani”, Director of Public Health, Odisha, Dr. Hara Prasad Pattnaik issued an advisory addressing all the Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers.
The letter stated that the cyclonic storm “Fani” is going to make its landfall on 3rd May, 2019 at 5:30 evening and it is likely to touch Andra Pradesh border and move towards the Gajapati district. Thereafter it will move northeast wards along Odisha coastal districts up to Mayurbhanj. It is important for the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khorda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Angul and Keonjhar to be put to alert due to expected heavy rainfall and gusty winds of 40 to 60km. per hour. The letter also insists the other states to show readiness and be prepared as per the Cyclone/Flood action plan.
It urges the officers to remain vigilant with all the activities like stock of drugs and other logistics, disinfectant, ambulances, etc. up to the block level. In addition to that, an order is also issued that the staffs won’t be allowed to take any leaves until further orders. He has also asked for reports to be sent to the State Health Control Room on a daily basis.