Naveen Patnaik Holds Covid Review Meeting; Urges Sanction of Pension To Widows, Orphans
While reviewing the Covid situation in the State through a video conference, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged officials to sanction the pension for Covid casualties’ widows and orphans under the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana within 15 days.
A host of other issues were discussed during the meeting. Given below are details:
- Highlighting the rise in black fungus cases in several states, Patnaik directed administrators to remain equipped to deal with any such situation in Odisha.
- Trained doctors and medicines will be assigned to treat black fungus cases. Patnaik asked the officials to identify Covid and non-Covid black fungus patients and treat them in separate wards at medical colleges, hospitals and DHHs.
- The CM said that the number of Covid cases is likely to decrease in the next seven days. Nevertheless, he directed officials not to let their guard down and target child care for a possible third wave. He also stressed that testing should be increased in cyclone-affected areas, he informed.
- Asserting that vaccination is the primary defence in the fight against the pandemic, the Chief Minister announced that the supply of vaccines is expected to increase in the next month.
- Referring to recognition from the United Nations Office received for Disaster Risk Reduction during cyclone Yaas, the CM said it was feasible only due to community assistance.
As per official sources, 38 cases of black fungus cases have been identified in Odisha, out of which four patients have succumbed to death, and one has recovered.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said the government is now focusing on restraining infection in rural areas of Odisha. PK Mohapatra, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department, said the situation has improved in the State, and the death rate has decreased by 0.3 per cent.