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200 Crore For COVID-19

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced that State Government has declared Novel Corona Virus-COVID-19 as a ‘Disaster’ and allocated Rs.200 Core to combat the Menace.

Mr.Patnaik making a statement in Odisha Legislative Assembly said that the  State Cabinet met this morning and declared COVID-19 as a 'Disaster' for the State under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower our public officials to combat the spread of COVID-19.

He informed that the Health & Family Welfare Department and its Directorates, as well as the Collectors and the Municipal Commissioners have been authorized for making emergency procurement of necessary drugs and consumables, equipment and other required services etc. as are necessary to prevent, contain COVID-19.

He said COVID-19 has presented an extra ordinary circumstance, which calls for an extra ordinary response.

This response cannot be only at the individual, Government or Sectoral level. Each one of us in Odisha has to rise to the occasion, and be responsible. In the absence of any Vaccine or treatment   our collective responsibility is the only hope we have, to fight this epidemic.

The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. It has urged upon all member States to take urgent and aggressive action to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The competent officers have been authorised to impose required restrictions on assemblies, congregations, institutions and establishments aiming at 'social distancing' to contain the spread of the disease by invoking powers under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

An Empowered Group of Ministers has been constituted and a Committee of Secretaries under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to be constituted to evaluate the emerging situation and take all necessary steps for preventing, containing the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

The COVID-19 Odisha Regulations, 2020 have been approved and Rs.200 Crore has been earmarked to augment the Public Health Response Fund to combat the threat of the pandemic and for making required expenditure.

The only effective measure so far has been social distancing. All of us should ruthlessly practice social distancing.

He announced that all educational institutions shall remain closed till 31.03.2020 except for holding examinations.

Non-essential official gatherings such as seminars, workshops, conferences are to be cancelled.

Social gatherings and assemblies like religious functions, marriage receptions, parties etc. are to be regulated by local authorities.

Cinema Halls, swimming pools and gyms are to be closed till 31.03.2020.

Being at home, reducing social interactions and avoiding gatherings will cut down the vulnerability to a great extent.

Another important practice is frequent hand washing and strict sanitization protocols.

Sneezing and coughing etiquette to be followed as is being widely published.

Rumour mongering, mis-information and irresponsible conduct will be dealt with very sternly.
 


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