Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported fresh 6019 covid positive cases and 43 deaths in the past 24 hours pushing the covid tally in the state to 8,31,129 with 3123 fatalities.
The daily recovery, which has been surpassing the daily caseload since May 23 last, surged to7,56,641 with 8836 patients being cured from the virus on Tuesday.
The active cases further reduced to 71,312. Health and Family Welfare department sources said in the past 24 hours 3397 new infection cases were reported from the quarantine centres and 2622 local contact cases from all the 30 districts.
Khordha district registered the highest number of 796 cases followed by Cuttack ( 531), Jajour (406),Angul (335),Mayurbhanj ( 333) and Puri (324).
During the past 24 hours 43 covid patients from as many as 18 districts in the state under treatment succumbed to the virus. Khordha district accounted for five deaths while four each died in Sundargarh,Jharsuguda, Cuttack and Angul district and three each died in Bargarh Bhadrak and Bolnagir district.
Two people each died in three districts and one each in seven other districts. Meanwhile, apprehending a possible third wave of the virus likely to affect the children, the Odisha government has geared up for the Paediatric care facilities in the Covid hospitals,government run medical colleges, district headquarter hospitals , sub divisional hospitals and community health centres across the state.
The government has decided to rope in and train 1114 doctors and 1036 staff nurses right from the community health centres to hospitals in districts and medical colleges in paediatric care.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting on Tuesday chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Additional Chief Secretary ( Health) PK Mohaopatra said all the covid hospitals in the state have been asked to earmark at least 15 percent of the capacity for paediatric patients.
Mr.Mohapatra said a designated paediatric wing would be created in all covid hospitals. The district and sub divisional hospitals across the state have been asked to keep ten beds in isolation for the paediatric patients.
In the community health centres, at least two to four beds in isolation would be kept for the treatment of paediatric patients.
The Superintendent of Sihu Bhawan in Cuttack has been asked to explore the possibility of a dedicated covid block in the institute for the paediatric patient.