Bhubaneswar, May 20 -- Kalyansinghpur: After much reluctance, members of Dongria Kondh living in Niyamgiri hills of Rayagada district finally agreed to undergo Covid-19 test on Thursday.

The development came following a persistent effort of five days by the district administration to spread awareness about the pandemic among the Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG).

The local administration will organise two testing camps in two panchayats of Kalyansinghpur block to collect swab samples of the people from tomorrow.

"After much effort we were able to convince the Dongria Kondh tribes to undergo Covid-19 test, to keep the pandemic in check in the area. We will start collecting swabs at two Panchayats Kalyansinghpur block from tomorrow," said R...