All-MLA Meeting Announced by Odisha Assembly To Assess Covid-19 Situation

Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro will chair a virtual all-party meeting on May 17 to take stock of the Covid-19 situation. All MLAs of the state will be attending the meeting including CM Naveen Patnaik.

The topic of discussion will revolve around the current fight against Covid-19 and the formation of future strategies to keep the pandemic in check.

“MLAs of all the political parties have expressed their willingness to be part of the discussion. Odisha’s fight against the pandemic so far will be discussed during the meeting,” said Patro.

“We will also discuss the vaccination drive in the State, supply of Oxygen to the patients, and future strategy for keeping the pandemic in check. We are looking forward to the positive participation of the leaders across all political parties. Hopefully, an effective solution will come which will help us deal with the fight against the virus,” he added.

Notably, the opposition leaders have appreciated this decision and are looking forward to the meeting.

“We welcome the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker. The State government should provide employment opportunities to the jobless people during the Covid-19 enforced lockdown period,” said Sura Routray, a senior leader of Congress.

“In the wake of the surge in the pandemic, migrant Odias are returning to the State in large numbers. It will lead to the spread of the virus further. I urge the State government to facilitate the return of the migrants after proper test,” added Routray.

Meanwhile, the Odisha Health and Family Welfare Department has notified all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers (CDMPHOs) regarding the modifications made in the CoWIN portal to increase the gap between the first and second dose of Covishield vaccine. The minimum gap between two doses has been increased from 6 weeks to 12 weeks, as per the new instructions.

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