Reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state, Patnaik in a meeting asserted that until a vaccine is developed, wearing a mask remains the most effective barrier against the SARS-COV-2 virus. He urged people to wear masks, observe social distancing and frequently wash hands.
Patnaik said the establishment of a database detailing those suffering from serious ailments would be useful in immunisation of vulnerable sections of the society. He stressed on preparing a targeted, scientific and foolproof plan for how to deal with Covid-19 crisis.
Since the USA, western Europe and Delhi have witnessed a second wave of the pandemic, Patnaik said urged people not to drop their guard during the winters and directed officials to keep ICUs in Covid-19 hospitals in working condition.
“We were able to control the pandemic through our advance planning, creation of a strong infrastructure, capacity building, and productive supervision of the planned activities at various levels. Similarly, there is a need to use our experience in handling the pandemic to prepare ourselves for the immunization,” he added.