NHM director Shalini Pandit outlines measures to contain coronavirus in state


Bhubaneswar: Director of National Health Mission (NHM), Shalini Pandit, on Thursday, outlined the steps to be followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

She said: “15,000 persons have returned from abroad and other states to Odisha in the last 14 days and added that they should remain in ‘home quarantine’. Besdies, social distancing must be maintained from family members.”

Pandit said that after 14 days of quarantine, they should self-monitor their health for another 14 days. “If they still experience cough, cold, fever and breathing complications then they are advised to visit the hospital but call 104 health helpline,” she added

It is a 24-hour service, she said adding that once the doctor decides that the patient needed further treatment then a government vehicle will pick up the patient from home.

The NHM Director further said if the test results are positive, the patient will be admitted at the COVID-19 Hospital or at any government hospital which has a separate isolation ward for COVID-19 treatment.

She also advised those without any travel history and no symptoms should follow the lockdown guidelines and not leave the house unless necessary. They should also maintain a social distance of at least 1 metre, Pandit added.

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