June 16, 2020
By, Sobhan Garnaik
Even as day to day testing figures for Covid-19 kept on ascending across the nation, the number of such tests in Odisha(Odisha to kick-start door to door Corona testing) had been plunging for about a fortnight with the state laboratories testing under 3000 samples per day.
Regardless of a lofty ascent in COVID-19 positive cases(Odisha to kick-start door to door Corona testing), there was no huge improvement in the number of tests being conducted every day in Odisha which had raised questions on the state’s coronavirus– response strategy.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a month ago had to come out and request the health and family welfare department to multiply the testing capacity to 15,000 per day.
Following the CM’s objective of 15,000 tests per day, the number of tests had crossed the 5,000 marks on May 19, 21, 22, and 23.
In any case, regardless of COVID-19 cases(Odisha to kick-start door to door Corona testing) critically flooding in June; shockingly, testing was on a decline with every day testing numbers staying beneath the 5,000 cases over the most recent five days.
Was the State government attempting to decrease the number of COVID-19 positive cases(Odisha to kick-start door to door Corona testing) by conducting less number of tests? Such questions tossed up to besiege the sate administration.
In the face of criticism over low testing rate, Odisha on Monday took a significant step to control the Coronavirus, as the Government has chosen to go for door-to-door surveillance of people having COVID-19(Odisha to kick-start door to door Corona testing) like symptoms in all families in rural areas and slums in urban areas across the state from June 16 to July 31.
“As the next few weeks are critical in controlling the spread of COVID as well as monsoon induced other communicable diseases, the Health Department will conduct a State-wide integrated campaign for a house to house active surveillance for Covid, co-morbid conditions, TB, malaria and diarrhoea,”, the Chief Minister said.
Addressing a presser, National Health Mission (NHM) director stated that Odisha is placed in a better position despite a surge in COVID-19 positive cases.
Whether it is the positivity rate, recovery rate or the mortality rate, Odisha fares much better than other states as well as the national trend, she added.
Earlier it took almost eight weeks to conduct 50,000 tests. Currently, an average of 50,000 tests are being conducted in two weeks and with cumulative tests crossing the 2 lakh mark yesterday, she informed.
On a day when the number of Covid-19 cases in Odisha crossed the 4000-mark indicating a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the course of the last fortnight, the Odisha government’s decision to the door-to-door survey will be received as a welcoming change.