Coronarvirus: Special ward opens at SCBMCH, screening begins at Bhubaneswar Airport

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Cuttack/Bhubaneswar: While nearly 80 persons have lost their lives to the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, Odisha Government has also beefed up its preparation to closely monitor the situation and create their own facilities for the management of cases, if detected.

As per reports, a special ward has been opened in SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack for isolation and treatment of such cases. While 8 ICUs and 40 beds are alloted for the treatment of the patients who will come under the radar of the coronavirus, a professor and 2 doctors from pulmonary department appointed for treatment, informed Bhubanananda Maharana, emergency officer at SCB.

Similarly, Directors of Biju Patnaik International Airport and Jharsuguda Airport have been directed to facilitate the screening of passengers and issue instructions for airlines to follow the international civil aviation guidelines for notifying and managing anybody reporting illness on flights originating from China and de-boarding here directly or indirectly.

Reportedly, Coronavirus screening is being conducted by Bhubaneswar Airport Authority at Biju Patnaik International Airport for incoming passengers.

Following advisory from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Ministry of Civil Aviation directed for all logistics support and arrangements to be made immediately with regard to screening of passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong at the airport.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has explained that Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

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