Balasore has offered an exemplary case study on how the lockdown can be enforced, thanks to its district administration led by collector K Sudarshan Chakraborty(Balasore district admin enforces total shutdown).
The local administration(Balasore district admin enforces total shutdown) has installed six lock points. The arrangement has ensured that nobody is allowed to enter or leave the town.
Besides the curbs on human movement, no vehicles are permitted to move in or out of the town conforming to the strict instructions of the administration.
Multiple platoons of police have been deployed to make sure that the government’s lockdown orders are followed in letter and spirit. Nearly 60 officers have been pressed into service to superintend the work.
The district administration(Balasore district admin enforces total shutdown) has also taken an unprecedented initiative to convert the business park of North Odisha Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NOCCI) into a 1000-bedded Covid quarantine centre.
The business park is spread over 2.5 lakh square foot area and can accommodate 1,000 beds for quarantine of suspected cases in a phase-wise manner.
The quarantine centre will be equipped with basic facilities such as water supply, bed covers, toilets, mosquito nets, electricity, sanitizers, hand wash and soaps.
Notably, the state government is planning to open at least one quarantine centre, which can accommodate 50-100 persons, under every panchayat in the rural areas.
In all 6,798 gram panchayats, 7276 temporary medical camps have been identified with the provision of all basic facilities to meet any emergent situation. In Balasore, 6442 persons have come from other states.
The district administration(Balasore district admin enforces total shutdown) and the health department have taken a host of preventive measures against the spread of novel coronavirus.
They have opened a 24-hour control room for disseminating information about Corona-affected people and suspected cases while a rapid response team has been formed to deal with such cases.
Meanwhile, the health department has so far sent swab samples of 89 people of the district who had returned from abroad to laboratories.