Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked officials to focus on the five districts of Ganjam, Cuttack, Jajpur, Sundargarh, and Khordha to contain the situation arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak on a priority basis.
Chairing a high-level meeting on containing COVID, Patnaik advised officials to strengthen monitoring system in these districts.
The Chief Minister laid special emphasis on facilities to COVID patients and their safety.
Patnaik advised district observers to remain in regular touch with COVID warriors who in the frontline in the war against COVID to keep their morale high.
Worth mentioning, the Chief Minister himself daily speaks to COVID warriors of different districts.
Patnaik stressed on the deployment of more technicians and ambulances for tests.
Similarly, he advised for honourable disposal of bodies of deceased COVID patients.
The Chief Minister also laid stress on the provision of regular training on other subjects and good food to COVID warriors.
Since as per the decision of the State Government asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will be allowed to undergo treatment while staying in their homes and corporates will be allowed to start COVID Care Centres. Therefore, in addition to suitable monitoring of their management, the Chief Minister directed for bringing them under Mo Sarkar.
At the outset, Patnaik spoke to COVID Observers of different districts and enquired about COVID situation, treatment facilities, testing, and community coordination.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister spoke to 81-year-old Gopinath Dakua of Raikia area of Kandhamal district who has returned home after recovering from COVID-19 over the telephone.
Patnaik enquired about his well-being. He highly praised Gopinath for his strong will power and self-confidence to fight COVID despite his failing age.
The Chief Minister while wishing Gopinath a long and healthy life said that the experience of his successful fight with COVID will provide confidence to others.
Gopinath thanked the Chief Minister for providing proper care and treatment at the COVID Hospital.