“We are in the midst of a severe crisis in the country. Many States and metro cities are witnessing a huge strain on the healthcare system. We need to be extremely cautious and alert in ensuring all measures to manage the situation in Odisha,” the Chief Minister told district Collectors and SPs while reviewing Covid situation in the situation on a virtual mode today.
He added, “In spite of the increasing cases, so far we have been able to manage the Covid Care. However, the rising cases in some districts are a major cause of concern. The virus is now spreading in the form of double and triple mutant strains, which is making even young people suffer.”
“We should always be prepared for the worst case scenario and that's the principle by which we are able to handle natural disasters effectively. I would like each Collector and SP to apply their minds taking the field situation into consideration and make foolproof planning,” advised Patnaik.
He advised observers to have a close look at this. Whatever gaps are there, departments should take ownership to fill them. He asked the Chief Secretary to monitor this closely and brief him in the next meeting.
He expressed happiness saying that in some towns trader associations have volunteered to reduce market timings and undertake voluntary closing of shops. “This is a welcome step and I sincerely appreciate this as it shows complete involvement of the community in Covid 19 management,” said he.