Odisha Congress President Niranjan Patnaik seems unhappy with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s handling of Novel Corona Virus –COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a strongly worded letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the former Minister Health & Family Welfare has sought immediate intervention to ensure COVID-19 management by BMC to make it more citizen centric and at the same time effective in curbing the spread of the virus within its jurisdiction area.
He has termed the apathy and callousness with which citizens of Bhubaneswar are being treated as extremely unfortunate.
“My letter has nothing to do with my political views and I merely speak as a citizen of Bhubaneswar’, writes the PCC, President. He has requested Naveen Patnaik to get a review done by the Chief Secretary to find out why there is widespread anger against the BMC cutting across class divide in the temple city.
“In normal times this level of anger would have manifested in agitational programs. But, these are not normal times,” Niranjan said stating that even as he stands with the government in fighting Covid-19, the concerns of the Bhubaneswar citizens needs urgent attention.
Congress Veteran of the State stated in his letter that BMC Officials are not approachable and are only interested in one-way communication.
It is difficult to speak to the Ward Officer of the BMC, let alone the BMC Commissioner, he said adding further that the helpline number, though has started functioning, is often expressing helplessness.
BMC is relying too much on antigen test and the number of RT-PCR tests is inadequate.
“Test is not available on demand as had been advised by the Government of India. People, who come to know that they had come in contact are not able to get tested and remain under stress,” said Niranjan while alleging that test reports take days to come and often people are under stress due to such delay.
Those in home isolation have not been provided with pulse oximeter like in many other states and are receiving poor support, he pointed out.
There is an acute shortage of hospital beds. For one ICU bed being vacated 3/5 persons are waiting to go into the ICU, he informed.
While expressing satisfaction at the low death rate in Odisha, the PPC President has asked the Chief Minister to take an objective view and take action as deemed appropriate