Bhubaneswar: In another significant development towards Odisha’s fight against Covid-19, State is now ready with trained doctors, technical and non-technical workforce for countering any eventual surge of patients in future. More than 90% of drafted workforce have been trained, empowered and made confident.

This was discussed in a high level meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Asit Tripathy in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall on Thursday evening wherein principal secretary Labour & ESI and chairman HR & Capacity Building Committee for Covid19 Anu Garg outlined the issues for discussion.
Reviewing the present Covid Fight manpower situation in the State, chief secretary Tripathy lauded the tireless efforts of Garg and her team in HR and Capacity Building Committee for accomplishing a huge task within very limited time span in most befitting manner. Tripathy also inaugurated the Odisha Covid-19 Workforce Portal in the meeting.
Principal secretary Garg appraised that so far 8023 doctors, 8,296 staff nurses, 4,105 paramedics and lab technicians, 4,1 14 AYUSII doctors, 4,905 ambulance drivers, 1,35,820 ANM/ASIIA/AWW workers, 7,236 cleaning staff have been drafted as Covid-19 work force.
More than 90% of this work force has been trained”. Principal secretary Health & Family
Welfare N.B. Dhal added, “The medical students of 7 th , 8th and 9th Semesters volunteered for Covid duty, and, as of now 8,325 students from MBBS, AYUSH and Nursing Wings have also been trained in Covid-19 care”. Besides, 108 doctors, 64 staff nurse and 61 pharmacists from ESI and private sector hospitals have also been trained. At the grassroots level 33,900 functionaries of Temporary Medical Camps (TMCs) set up in different Panchayats have also been trained about management of TMCs, health, nutrition, water and sanitation. They have also been oriented towards care of children, women and trauma shocks. Around 753 counsellors have been trained for psycho-social support to the patients and their family. Odisha Disaster Management

Authority in coordination with UNFPA and UNICEF has also trained 2471 volunteers to assist the process of covid management.
Further, principal secretary Garg said, “The work force have been trained with Covid-19 basics, field surveillance, epidemiology, critical care and treatment of covid patients, ICU management of the patients, infection and prevention control. The training modules have been designed as per the research input and guidelines from ICMR, Ministry of Ilealth & Family Welfare and AllMS. Keeping in view ‘social distancing’ guidelines, the methods of cascade training have been adopted with the tools of virtual online platforms. However, the training for critical care have been imparted onsite at hospitals with hands on practice”. The training materials along with videos and Odia voiceover have been kept in an online repository named htlps:// for reference of the Covid warriors at any point of time.

Training Coordinator, Prof Jayanta Panda of SCB Medical College mentioned, “The training has instilled confidence among the doctors, paramedics and support staff, and, now they are ready to fight any situation”.
Development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra advised to assess the future training needs and carry forward the activities basing on the experiences gained so far. Chief Secretary Sri Tripathy directed for regular updating of the trained human resource with new knowledge and emerging situations.
Additional Chief Secretary Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra, principal secretary Panchyati Raj & Drinking Water Deo
Ranjan Kumar Singh, principal secretary Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment Sourav Garg, director OPEPA and OSD Capacity Building Unit B.S. Punia were present.