Third Wave Covid: Odisha Health Department Issues Letter To Collectors Regarding Approval Of ECRP

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

An expert panel, set up by an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has predicted a third wave of COVID-19 hitting the country anytime between September and October.

As per the official, P.K. Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Health & Family Welfare Department has written to all collectors regarding approval of Emergency COVID Response Plan (ECRP) for tackling the possible 3rd wave.

The major activities approved under ECRP Phase-II are-

  • COVID essential diagnostics (Provision of Rapid Antigen & RT-PCR Test kits & establishment of RT-PCR Labs) and drugs (8 types of essential drugs).
  • Establishment of Dedicated Pediatric Care Units (20/ 30 bedded Oxygen supported wards & 12 bedded Hybrid ICU).
  • Establishment of Prefab units at PHC (6 bedded) & CHC (20 bedded) level.
  • Provision of additional ICU Beds in existing lCUs.
  • Establishment of 50 bedded field hospitals at selected DHH/ SDH/ CHC level.
  • Upgradation of BLS to ALS Ambulance for augmenting capacity of referral transportation services.
  • Support for establishment Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) & Medical Gas Pipeline System (MGPS).
  • Provision for engagement of additional Human Resources (i.e. Medical PG Residents, Medical UG interns, Final Year MBBS students, Final Year GNM Nursing students & Final Year BSc. Nursing students only).
  • Strengthening implementation of e-HMIS at DHH level through the support of OCAC & CDAC.
  • Strengthening Hub (MCHs), Sub-Hub (DHHs) & Spokes (COVID Care Centers) for teleconsultation services in the State.
  • Capacity building for strengthening COVID management services, wherever required.


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