TNI Bureau: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen patnaik on Tuesday reviewed the covid situation in the State and directed to ramp up beds with oxygen system for Covid patients although there is no problem of beds and oxygen in the State currently.
Presiding the review meeting, the Chief Minister said that the second wave of Covid infections has seriously affected many States.
The health system in some cities is under severe strain due to rapid increase in the Covid positive patients. The cases in Odisha also have been increasing in the last few days.
Due to our alert preparedness and pro-active measures, we have been able to manage the situation to a large extent. However, we need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and ensure that every patient is treated with dignity and put in best efforts to save precious lives, the CM said.
We have to take the following steps on priority basis:
1. Further increase in the number of beds in Covid Hospitals and Covid Care Centres across the State. Special focus should be on providing maximum possible number of beds with oxygen support. The system has to work on war-footing to ensure this within committed timelines.
2. Oxygen supply situation has to be closely monitored and ensure that all related accessories at the hospital level are available on priority.
3. Many States are facing critical medicines shortage. Even though we have sufficient medicines stock, we must ensure buffer stock to tackle higher demand in coming weeks.
4. IEC campaign has to be further ramped up. People have to be educated on the dangerous spread of the second wave and the need for active adherence to Covid protocols. The community, Mission Shakti group, PRI members should be actively involved in the process.
5. The enforcement activities have to be continued to be implemented strictly across the State.
6. With lockdowns in seriously affected States, the Collectors should be prepared for the return of the migrants. The protocols followed earlier should be reactivated by the Collectors immediately based on the existing database.
The quarantine norm and testing should be ensured for all the returnees from other States. Senior officers assigned as observer and other responsbilities to put their best effort like last year.
Therefore Naveen requested the people of Odisha to cooperate and act responsibly; it will be very difficult to tackle the situation.
It is the interest of State and people that we should manage the covid situation without “lockdown”.Wearing mask and mantaining social distance will help us in this, the CM added.
The Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra, DC and SRC Pradeep Jena, ACS health PK Mohpatra and District Collectors were present among others.
Secretary to CM 5T V k pandian coordinated the meeting.