Cuttack: The three-member Central team which visited the SCB Medical College on Thursday has expressed its satisfaction regarding the State’s preparedness to deal with suspected coronavirus cases.

The Central team comprising Dr Shikha Vardhan, Dr K. Choudhary and Dr Anuradha Sulaniya visited the isolation ward at SCB Medical College and Hospital and reviewed the steps taken by the hospital authorities to treat suspected patients. The team held discussion with State health secretary Nikunja Dhal, director of medical education and training (DMET) CBK Mohanty and regional director of public health, Sushant Kumar Kar.

There were 33 people reported to have returned to Odisha returned from China, Thailand and Hong Kong after the outbreak of the deadly virus in China after January 15.  Out of the 33 persons, the blood samples of four were found to be negative. Out of the three persons admitted to SCB Medical College, a medical student from Phulbani has been discharged while two others are still undergoing treatment at the isolation ward.

The DMET said, “A medical student from Phulbani has been discharged from SCB Medical after his samples tested negative. The sample reports of two others are still awaited and they are undergoing treatment in the isolation ward as a preventive measure.”

Mohanty said, “Among the remaining 30 persons, four have been tested negative and excluded from home surveillance while 26 are still under home surveillance. We are in constant touch with them. They have been asked to contact the control room or nearby hospital in case they develop any symptom or complications.”

As per the guidelines of the government of India, a 30 bed hospital has been set up while 4-5 bed wards have been set up in district headquarters hospitals.