Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed Chief Secretary, and senior Secretaries to visit the most affected areas of Western Odisha and take urgent action to assess the situation arisen due to COVID-19 Spike.
The Department of Health & Family Welfare will assess the situation in the affected districts of western Odisha and strengthen the human resources there by deploying doctors, paramedics and lab technicians as needed.
CM today, in a video conference with senior officials of the state, the district magistrate and the SDPs, directed to review the COVID-19 situation and revitalize the coating management system at the grassroots level.
He encouraged ordinary people as well to take part in solving this great task: “One of the things you and other people can do is keep up the pressure … there are going to be some difficult decisions for government”.
After reviewing the situation, the Chief Minister has asked to closely monitor Chhattisgarh’s border districts.
He asked for taking adequate steps in hospitals where ever necessary and adequate ambulances are to be provided with oxygen facilities.
The monitoring system will be strengthened so that urgent calls can be taken seriously, he directed.
The State Police will launch a special operation for 10 days to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Regulations.
Steps will be taken by the Department of Information and Public Relations to raise awareness about hand washing, wearing masks and social distance.
The District Collectors will immediately launch a comprehensive program to raise awareness and comply with the Covid Act, with all sections of the society, especially panchayat representatives, Mission Shakti Groups and others.
The monitoring system will be strengthened to strictly adhere to the Covid rules at the personal and official levels (Office, Educational Institutions, Business Establishment etc.).
He said “we all experienced the first wave of Covid. “As it relates to the lives of the people, the people are aware of the seriousness of the situation,” he said, urging the people to abide by the Covid regulations and cooperate with the government in controlling infections.
Covid Hospital, which was set up at Nabarangpur Christian Hospital, has yet to be paid by Nalco, and Chief Minister has ordered immediate approval from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that the District Collectors of all the border districts of the state should be warned and the people from other states should be tested.
Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare briefed on the current situation in the state and the steps taken by the Department of Health & FW.
The program was moderated by the Chief Minister’s Secretary 5T, VK Pandian.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister held detailed discussions with the District Collectors of various districts and the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Municipal Commissioners on their health infrastructure, human resources and compliance with the Covid Act.
The meeting was attended by Pradeep Jena, Development Commissioner and the Special Relief Commission, Abhay, Director General of Police and senior officials.