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Caution not complacency will prevent third wave in Odisha: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said even though the Covid-19 situation is under control in the State, people should be extra cautious instead on being complacent.

Following a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the State, Patnaik said although the test positivity rate has considerably decreased in Odisha in the last few weeks, there is still a need for further reduction in the infection rate in some districts.

“Even though the pandemic situation is under control, this is no time for complacency. Only by remaining alert we will be safe. Therefore, the Chief Minister has asked people in the State to strictly adhere to Covid-19 rules and not crowd places,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office read.

Maintaining that healthcare is the top priority of the State Government, the CM said if the third wave comes by the end of August, as predicted by scientists, the State will have to deal with the situation.

“The State Government is emphasizing on investing in human resource along with strengthening the healthcare infrastructure. The district administration has a responsibility to ensure that people are able to access healthcare without any hassle,” added the CMO statement.

The CMO statement further read, “Therefore, it is the core responsibility of everyone, including Police Station IICs, BDOs, SDPOs, Sub Collectors, SPs and Collectors to ensure that there is no problem in health care delivery right from District Hospitals to the CHC.”

Patnaik, during the review meeting, informed that the State has spend around Rs 2,004 crore to support the poor, especially small farmers, construction workers, MGNREGS workers, indigenous tribal families, Scheduled Castes, tribal students and mothers of Mission Shakti and street vendors during the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic. The assistance program included various programmes of ten departments of the State Government.

Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra who attended the meeting emphasized on the vaccination of teachers and school staff in the run up to the reopening of schools (for Classes X and XII) in the State on July 26.

PK Mohapatra, Additional Chief Administrative Secretary of Health Department briefed about the preparations for the third wave during the meeting while PK Jena, Development and Special Relief Commissioner, spoke about the implementation of the Chief Minister’s Covid Aid. The meeting, conducted by 5T Secretary VK Pandian also reviewed the implementation of the Biju Health Welfare Scheme.

Director General of Police, Chief Administrative Secretaries of various departments, Administrative Secretaries, District Collectors and SPs also attended the meeting.

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