Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed to all MLAs of Odisha to join hands with the Government in the fight against Covid-19.
The Chief Minister said, “The Government is making all-out efforts to save precious lives and I hope to get the cooperation of the Hon’ble MLAs in this war against Covid. As public representatives your contact with people is maximum. I would request each one of you to personally take care of yourselves and your families.”
Naveen also read out an oath with the legislators pledging to take care of their respective assembly constituencies by creating awareness to check the spread of Covid-19.
The legislators pledged to educate people to use mask properly, adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour, hand washing, social distancing and working together to keep the coronavirus infection at bay.
“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,” the CM announced.
The Chief Minister said that we need to remain prepared for the long-drawn battle adding that vaccination is the main strategy to fight the virus. In view of the vaccine supply issues in the country, Odisha has floated a global tender to procure vaccines quickly to protect people of the state.
The Odisha CM also highlighted the measures like quick ramping up of healthcare infrastructure, the establishment of oxygen-supported beds across the districts, streamlining of oxygen logistics, formation of a task force to look at immediate needs & holistic planning for future exigencies.
At an all-party meeting, the CM informed that 786 Doctors & 5137 Paramedics have been recruited to strengthen the fight, adding that Govt is in process of more contractual recruitments.
“Odisha’s healthcare system has responded well without getting overwhelmed like in other parts of the country. The state administration & medical personnel deserve appreciation for managing situation so well,” Naveen added.