Bhubaneswar, Sep 30: The Opposition in the Odisha Assembly today slammed the state government for its failure in the management of Covid-19 pandemic.
The state government, on the other hand, claimed to have taken the best possible measures to check the spread of the virus. Rather, the positivity and death rate in Covid-19 pandemic in Odisha is one of the lowest in the country, said state Health Minister Naba Kishore Das responding to the Opposition-sponsored adjournment motion in the Assembly.
” The state government has dismally failed to check the spread of the pandemic. It has totally failed in utilization of Central funds to treat the Covid-19 patients Its claims are just in pen and paper” said Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik.
He was supported by BJP members including Opposition chief whip, Mohan Charan Majhi.
Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra and party’s senior MLA Santosh Singh Saluja highlighted the state government’s failures in the management of the pandemic.
Countering the Opposition charges, Health Minister Das said, ” We are highest in recovery rate and lowest in death rate. How did then we fail ?”
Listing out the measures first initiated in Odisha, the minister said, ” Our Chief Minister was the first to appeal to the people to wear face mask, maintain social distance and wash the hands with soaps. We had set up 16,824 temporary medical centres (TMC) for the safe quarantine of 7.67 lakh migrant Odias.”.
As many as 25, 109 Covid-19 patients have been kept under home isolation and treated. Besides, the state government is providing treatment to the Covid-19 patients in 48 dedicated Covid Hospitals, 14 Covid Health Centres, District Covid Hospitals, District Covid Health Centres and Covid Care Centres
The state government-owned Odisha State Medicine Corporation has provided quality medicines, oxygen cylinders, hand sanitizers, face masks and personal protective equipments free of cost for the testing and treatment of potential Covid-19 patients, said the Minister.
The government has set up 1790 plasma units by September 28 and transfused plasma to 1362 patients. Of them, 494 patients have recovered after the plasma transfusion and the health condition of 164 patients has improved.
To check the spread of pandemic, the state government has promulgated The Epidemic Diseases (Odisha Amendment) Ordinance with the penal provision up to two years imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine or both, he added.