Odisha receives WHO Commendation for Efficiency in Managing COVID-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated the Odisha Government for its smooth management and governance at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a challenge. The state’s decentralised approach of involving the panchayats was particularly impressive, said the organization.

The WHO commended Odisha’s efforts of implementing an early lockdown, establishing dedicated COVID hospitals and temporary medical camps to manage the migrant influx, and community engagement. Odisha’s exemplary recovery rate and lowest mortality rate in the country has made it a role model for other states.

Even when the state had no cases, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered the immediate closure of public places on March 13. The preventive measures adopted were highly appreciated by many experts. Also, Odisha was the first to establish one of the country’s biggest 1000-bed dedicated COVID hospital in a record time of just one week.

Meanwhile, the health facilities were independently assessed by WHO and UN teams and the Ashwini COVID hospital in Cuttack was recognised for its state-of-the-art quality care. The testing capacity of the state was also enhanced from one functional laboratory to 19 and telemedicine services were introduced in 41 health institutions from July 21 to enable patients to avail health services through direct consultation with doctors.

All in all, the manner in which Odisha has tackled the pandemic and the natural disasters in recent times have won plaudits from organisations around the world.

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