70% COVID positives in home isolation in Odisha: NHM Director Shalini Pandit

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Bhubaneswar: National Health Mission (NHM) Director, Shalini Pandit on Friday said that Odisha is witnessing a peak in coronavirus cases. She, however, said as over 70 per cent of COVID positive cases in Odisha are in home isolation, it is a matter of relief to all concerned.

Some of the senior officers, MLAs, and Ministers are in home isolation, she said and added that the recovery is also much better in home isolation.

Pandit said the state is in a better position compared to other States in the country as far as dealing with coronavirus cases is concerned.

Over 50,000 tests per day are now being conducted in Odisha, the NHM Director said and added that the positivity rate is low while the recovery rate is high.

Pandit said the mortality rate of coronavirus in the state is also lowest in the country. She said the first of coronavirus was detected on March 15. There was little information on the deadly disease and patients were being admitted to hospitals.

The NHM Director said after extensive research it was found that all patients do not need hospitalization and they come round better in home isolation.

The Health Experts will speak from Friday through TV channels with detailed advice on how to self-monitor and protocols to follow if symptoms surface.

Pandit briefed the media that over 50,000 COVID testing is done daily in the State. The recovery rate is 78% while the fatality rate is 0.4%. She said asymptomatic and persons with mild symptoms are advised to go for 10 days Home isolation and 7 days Home Quarantine.

The NHM Director said a person should prefer Home Isolation if he/she has a separate room, toilet, and someone to attend him or her. Dr. C.B.K. Mohanty, DMET, and Dr. Amarendranath Mohanty, Director, State Institute of Health &  Family Welfare also briefed reporters on the issue.

Press Briefings will go on for a week highlighting the pros and cons of Home Isolation. Specialized doctors will present their views. Persons interested to ask questions may contact dedicated mobile number -9937564066 between 3 PM to 3.30 PM, which will be answered by the experts during the press briefing.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy took to his Twitter handle and said a large no of COVID positives are isolating at home with no or mild symptoms. Local administration is monitoring their status, he added.

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