Rourkela prepares to fight coronavirus, use of biometric scanners suspended


Rourkela: In view of the epidemic of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain regions of the country, the authorities of the steel city have taken all precautionary measures to contain its spread.

All offices and educational institutions including Rourkela Steel Planet (RSP), National Institute of Technology (NIT), public and private hospitals have removed biometric presence scanners in order to avoid unnecessary contact that could result in the spread of the virus. Employees and faculties of different organizations mark their entry and exit manually.

As for the Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH), it has set up a special isolation room for infected patients. Dr Kabi Satpathy said on Sunday: “Creating an isolation room was the need of the hour. We are fully prepared to deal with the situation if anyone is affected by the disease. I would also advise people to come for a checkup even if the smaller symptoms of the coronavirus like fever, sore throat and cough surface. I would also recommend self-isolation and ask people to stay away from social gatherings. There is nothing to panic about, but prevention is better than cure.

After the government announced to close public places and gatherings until March 31, all functions at Bhanja Bhaban, Civic Center, Gopabandhu auditorium were canceled along with previous reservations.

People here seem to be aware of the situation. Many people have been seen in drug stores to buy masks, hand washing and disinfectants.



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