Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s effective governance in collaboration with Panchayati Raj Institutions and community-based response strategy enabled the ‘resilient State’ to contain the spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation noted in one of its articles published earlier this month.
WHO lauded Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s far-sightedness in ordering immediate closure of many public places on 13 March, even though the state had not reported a single case of COVID-19. “The state was the first in the country to initiate strict measures,” the UN agency stated.
According to reliable sources, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has congratulated his team members on WHO’s commendation and attributed Odisha’s success in handling COVID-19 to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“The Chief Minister’s empathy and clarity of purpose guided Team Odisha in successfully managing the pandemic. Under the direct supervision of the Chief Minister, the officials of Odisha Government have played crucial roles,” the source quoted Chief Secretary as saying.
“It gives us renewed confidence. The appreciation of our work by World Health Organisation is significant. WHO’s words encourages us to work harder in containing the pandemic,” he further said.