Patnaik Addresses Newly Appointed Doctors, Announces 8500 Crore Healthcare Investment

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, addressing a gathering of 786 newly-appointed doctors selected through the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), announced that the state government is investing more than Rs 8,500 crore on strengthening health infrastructure. Patnaik stressed that healthcare is the primary focus area of his government and added that the state has been rigorously expanding the healthcare system by recruiting more doctors.

Praising the contribution of doctors in the pandemic, the CM stated, “Doctors have a special place in society. People look at doctors as Gods, especially when it’s a situation of life and death. The current COVID-19 pandemic has transformed doctors into warriors. The doctor community has been at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19 for more than a year”.

The chief minister further said that Covid-19 had a drastic impact on Odisha just like other places. “There has been a lot of stress on our healthcare system, but it was never overwhelmed despite the huge spread of the infection and a large number of cases. With a spirited fight by the medical fraternity, we have been able to save many lives despite the challenges of infrastructure, manpower and medical supplies,” he said.

Patnaik highlighted the necessity to be careful even as the cases were reducing, as the war against Covid is far from over. He further added that the young doctors would make a big difference in the state’s healthcare performance at the ground level. Naba Das, the state health minister, said that efforts are underway to make Odisha a doctor-sufficient state and that the target will be accomplished shortly.

V K Pandian, secretary to CM (5T), spoke on the 5T directive framework. He said working for the prosperity of the poorest of people is the fundamental structure of good governance. He urged young doctors to utilise technology to implement quick and effective services that can bring genuine transformation.

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