Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officials to strictly enforce the covid safety protocols in Odisha to slow the spread of the virus.
The Chief Minister has directed the DGP to review the situation of Covid-19 in the state and to deploy police personnel in a 10-day drive to strictly enforce the Covid security protocol.
“We will go for strict implementation of the Covid model at the institutional and individual levels. I urge all the people of Odisha to be careful and follow the rules and please cooperate with the implementation machinery. “There is no room for complacency because precious lives are in danger,” said the Chief Minister.
Collectors should involve all sections of the society including the PRI members, Mission Shakti groups, etc. and ensure awareness and enforcement, he directed.
“This new wave of Covid virus spread seems to be more infectious and might create a devastating situation, if we do not take it seriously,” said Patnaik.
He further directed that I&PR department should start a new awareness campaign to sensitise the citizens to follow norms of face mask, hand hygiene and social distancing.
“The whole world is facing the COVID-19 virus again. Many states in our country are also on the rise. We have also been witnessing the spread of bacteria in Odisha over the past week”,said the Chief Minister.
Currently, the virus spread seems to be mainly concentrated in the districts adjoining the Chhattisgarh border.
“I would urge the Chief Secretary, ACS Health and Family Welfare and senior officials concerned to visit the Western Odisha districts with high incidence of the Covid positive cases and make an on the ground assessment and take suitable urgent action,” said the Chief Minister.
He directed the Health department to immediately redeploy doctors, paramedics, Lab technicians etc. to Western Odisha districts to strengthen the manpower required to fight the virus.
There should be sufficient hospital capacity to take care of the cases, adequate ambulance with oxygen supply to be deployed in the most affected areas and any emergency call will be addressed in a timely manner and assured promptly and sensitively.
There should be no complaints about non-responsiveness of ambulances or lack of beds in the hospitals, he added.