Bhubaneswar, Oct 16: Odisha government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has earned praises from international agencies over Covid management. World Health Organisation (WHO) has also praised Odisha government for its performance in Covid management. The state had earned the appreciation of the United Nations for its success in disaster management.
On March 13, Odisha declared Covid-19 as a disaster for the state and announced the closure of all educational institutions till the month-end. Odisha Cabinet, led by Chief Minister declared Covid-19 as a ‘disaster’ under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower public officials to combat the spread of the virus.
On March 16, Odisha had reported its first positive case of coronavirus. The man who has been infected with the virus had travel history to Italy.
As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in the state, the Naveen Patnaik government decided on a new strategy to contain spread of the deadly virus in the district with focus on expansion of health infrastructure, more use of telemedicine and increased awareness about it among people.
Setting up one of the biggest Covid-19 health facility in India:
The Odisha government led by Naveen was the first to establish one of the country’s biggest 1000-bedded dedicated COVID hospitals in a record time of just one week; with the SUM Hospital and Kalinga Institute of Medical Science established as model COVID hospitals.
Besides, 30 dedicated hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients were set up in all districts.
Sarpanches get Collector’s powers:
In a historic move, CM Naveen on April 19 had announced that that the sarpanches in gram panchayats will get the powers of district Collectors in their respective jurisdiction to fight Covid-19 pandemic. Delegating collectors’ power to sarpanches means they can plan, coordinate and take steps to contain the spread of the virus. It is part of the community-based monitoring strategy to contain Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
Flattening the curve in Ganjam:
Ganjam, was one of the worst-hit district in the state. However, but timely on-ground preparedness and decentralised information campaigns have shown an impact on flattening the curve.
As of October 15, the state has tested a total of 3,92,1140. The state has 22,334 active cases, while 1,089 persons have succumbed to the virus.