Bhubaneswar, May 17: The Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) will conduct a door-to-door survey to find out suspected Covid cases for three months from May 24, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during an all-party meeting held today.
They will be provided one time assistance of Rs.10,000 for bicycle, cupboard, slippers, umbrella and torch, infomed the CM.
During the meeting the CM said, “India is in the midst of the severe second wave of the pandemic and its devastating effects. Odisha has also seen increasing cases in this second wave since more than a month. With the cooperation of the people of Odisha and the blessings of Lord Jagannath, we have been able to manage the situation overall and provide critical health care to the patients. Our system has responded well without getting overwhelmed like in other parts of the country. Our administration and medical personnel have been working round the clock and making all arrangements to take care of this wave of infections. They deserve our sincere appreciation for managing the situation in spite of all odds.”
The state government has been closely observing the situation in other parts of the country and based on their experience we have been taking proactive steps. The health care facilities have been quickly ramped up and a larger number of ICU/HDU beds have been established this time, compared to the first wave. Similarly, the oxygen supported beds have been established across the districts, the CM added.
“To ensure error-free medical oxygen supply, we are closely monitoring the huge logistics involved in deploying the oxygen cylinders, refilling and transportation in time. We are establishing oxygen plants within the main hospitals. We are importing large number of oxygen cylinders since there is short supply in the country. We are ensuring sufficiency in terms of oxygen and critical medicines,” said the Chief Minister.
He further said, “We have also been supporting other States for their oxygen requirements, which has been widely appreciated. It’s a matter of pride for us that Odisha is able to help other States in this crisis time and save precious lives.”
“To further strengthen the oxygen management and to prepare a Master plan for the State, I am announcing a Taskforce that will look at immediate needs as well as holistic planning for future exigencies,” announced the CM.
“We are also increasing our Medical manpower. We have recruited 786 doctors and 5137 paramedics and this will strengthen our fight. We are in the process of contractual recruitment of more medical personnel,” informed the CM.
“Community involvement has been one of the main pillars of our Covid management. The Gram Panchayats, Gaon Kalyan Samitis and Sarpanchs have been involved since the beginning. The grassroots workers like ANMs, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and organisations like Mission Shakthi groups have been intensively utilized for providing the services to the people,” he added.
“A 3- month house-to-house survey (for Covid symptoms and co-morbid conditions) by ASHAs and AWWs will be launched beginning 24th May, for which they will be given an additional incentive of Rs 1000 per month for these 3 months,” the CM said.
“Gaon Kalyan Samitis are at the cutting edge of our outreach and they are there in almost every village. An amount of Rs 10,000 per GKS will be sanctioned for undertaking Covid related activities at village level involving the community. As ASHAs monitor home isolation cases, they will be provided one time assistance of Rs.10,000 for bicycle, cupboard, slippers, umbrella and torch,” said the CM,
Sarpanchs continue to have the powers of district collectors in enforcing lockdown etc. and they are free to start TMCs based on need and inflow of people from outside. To start with, the State has started functioning zonal TMCs as flow of people from outside is very less compared to last year, he said.
“We intend to provide a healing touch to such Covid affected families by continuing to cover the widows and orphan children under the Madhubabu Pension Yojana. The children will also get free education facilities,” the CM said in the meeting.
“We are already in the midst of the second wave. We don’t know how many more waves or variants we will have to face. We imposed the Lockdown to slow down this current wave. However, lockdowns cannot be the solution as it seriously hurts many livelihoods. It’s a long fight and we have to be prepare our people through awareness. Wearing masks, washing hands regularly, maintaining social distances, avoiding crowding and staying at home unless really necessary to go out. These are our main weapons to control the virus spread,” Naveen said.
“As representatives, you have a large influence on the public mind and please educate them on following the Covid appropriate behaviour. The Government will allow expenditure from MLALADS up to Rs 50 lakhs for assisting in activities related to covid management, including procurement of masks from Mission Shakti groups to provide for poor people,” he said.