“No one will be deprived of medical care due to lack of money.”
CM urges public to come forward voluntarily for testing
The state government is providing all the facilities free of cost
Bhubaneswar (Kalinga Voice) : Odisha has been putting up a brave fight against COVID-19 in last five months and have seen good successes. This has been possible for the untiring efforts of all our frontline COVID warriors and people’s representatives. We have been dynamically assessing the situation and preparing advance plans for creating adequate infrastructure, procuring adequate testing kits, and consumables. The government is taking all possible steps to fight COVID . No one in the state, will be deprived of medical care due to lack of money. The state government is providing all the facilities free of cost”, said Odisha CM Navin Pattanayak while reviewing the COVID situation in a high-level meeting |. CM too urged the people to cooperate in this fight and to come forward voluntarily for testing
CM Sri Pattanayak said “In the meanwhile, in a span of three weeks, we could establish five Plasma Therapy units from scratch. I appreciate the efforts the administration and doctors and all connected medical professionals of those Hospitals. Hon’ble Ministers have been assigned responsibilities to motivate people on Plasma Donation. The concept of Plasma Donation must be popularised at all levels. The result is quite encouraging. Plasma donors will be honored at the district level on August 15”
CM further said “To take our fight against COVID-19 to the next level, we have decided to substantially enhance the testing during the coming weeks. Happy to note that yesterday we have done about 32 thousand tests. The Collectors are advised to lead the program to conduct tests at sub-divisional hospitals and community health centers. BDOs and PRIs should play an active role in motivating people to voluntarily come forward for testing and further launch a campaign at local levels to destigmatize the COVID-19 positive persons. Considering Global experiences as well as experiences from different states that home isolation provides better and early healing for asymptomatic and persons with mild symptoms, our Government has allowed home isolation as the preferred mode, both in urban and rural areas. Wherever, such persons who have no such facilities at home, they will be taken care of in the COVID Care Centre and COVID Care Homes.
Home Isolation must be promoted as a good practice. The fear for the disease and stigma around it must be removed from the minds of the people and communities so that more and more people would opt for home isolation. A home isolation kit comprising dos and don’ts, few basic medicines and a list of telephone numbers of Doctors, Counsellors/ Tele-medicine professionals, and Government officials may be distributed among all such persons to enable them to call appropriate numbers regarding medical, psycho-social and other assistance if and when required.”
“Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur, and Sundargarh Districts need focus. With efforts of COVID warriors and our strategies, we are putting a good fight against the speed of the Pandemic. We have ramped of testing. We have one of the highest recovery rates in the country and we have one of the lowest fatality rates in the country. We are one of the few states in the country that is providing universal care for COVID patients completely free of cost. From testing to treatment to food, transport, accommodation, everything is provided free of cost, and the objective is because of financial problems, nobody should suffer without being able to get treatment in Odisha. For me and my Government every life is precious and we should work towards saving more lives.” said CM .
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi said all the indicators in Odisha were encouraging in controlling COVID across the country.
Till date, 149 plasma donors have donated plasma in the state, while 132 are being treated for plasma therapy. Out of 132, ten persons are completely cured and encouraging improvement has been found in the case of 98 patients. At present, the recovery rate in the state is 68.6 percent with a death rate of 0.60. It was decided to felicitate the plasma doners on 15th August . It was decided to install additional RT-PCR machines in three government medical colleges, to increase the number of labs in the state.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister discussed the COVID situation in the district og Kendrapada, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack districts.
The meeting was attended by the Development Commissioner Suresh Mahapatra , Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary and the Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena, Director-General of Police Abhay , the Principal Secretary to the Finance Department, Secretary to the Chief Minister (5T), Secretary E&IT and senior officials .