Odisha Announces Host of Measures to Tackle Second Wave of Covid-19
With a motive to discuss possible measures to contain the second wave of Covid-19, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had called for an all-party virtual meet. During the meeting, the CM stressed the importance of ‘community involvement’ in combating the spread of the virus, signifying it as one of the ‘main pillars’ of Odisha’s Covid-19 management strategy.
Keeping in mind the current demands, the state government announced a host of measures.
As one of the measures, the state has decided to conduct a 3-month house-to-house survey, looking for Covid symptoms and co-morbid conditions among people, which will be carried out by the ASHA and Anganwadi workers (AWWs) starting from May 24.
The ASHA workers and AWWs will be receiving an additional incentive of Rs 1000 per month for these three months. Additionally, the ASHA workers will receive one-time assistance of Rs 10,000 for bicycles, cupboards, slippers, umbrellas, and flashlights.
Focusing on ‘community involvement’, the Gram Panchayats, Gaon Kalyan Samitis, and Sarpanchs are invited to manage the situation. A sum of Rs 10,000 each will be sanctioned to 46,106 Gaon Kalyan Samitis to help them carry out necessary measures in their area.
Noticing the trends in other states, Odisha has taken proactive steps to avoid the worse. The healthcare facilities have been quickly upgraded as a large number of ICU/HDU beds have been established. Similarly, oxygen-supported beds have been set up across the districts.
The state is also increasing the medical manpower. Odisha has recruited 786 doctors and 5137 paramedics, and are trying to loop in contractual recruitment of more medical personnel.
A unique model of free-of-cost testing-to-treatment and partnering with the private hospitals is helping Odisha provide quality Covid care, with one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.
“Sarpanchs continue to have the powers of district collectors in enforcing lockdown. They are free to start TMCs based on need and inflow of people from outside. To start with, the state has started functioning zonal TMCs as the flow of people from outside is very less compared to last year”, said the CM.
The measures also include aid to the Covid affected families by covering them under Madhubabu Pension Yojana. The children of the deceased will get free education assured the CM.
The Odisha government is allowing expenditure from MLALADS of up to Rs 50 lakhs for the cause. As a precautionary measure, a task force has also been set up for immediate needs and planning for any possible future exigencies.