CM Naveen Patnaik holds COVID Review Meeting

Post a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, an announcement was made by the Odisha government promising compensation to the families of COVID warriors who died on duty.

“Though the Centre had earlier announced to make provision of Rs 50 lakh compensation for each family sacrificing a member in the fight against COVID-19, it accepted only one death case from Odisha,” an official informed.

A statement released by the Chief Ministers Office read, “As many as 60 COVID Warriors including health service staff, police, teachers and others laid down their lives while on COVID management duty and became martyrs”. The statement further stated, “The state had sent the list of 60 martyrs to the Government of India for giving compensation assistance of Rs 50 lakh as per the announcement, but the Centre accepted only 1 case.”

In the meeting, it was decided that the state government will prompt the Centre once again seeking compensation amount for the families of the remaining 59 martyrs.

CM Naveen Patnaik stressed on the following points in the meeting:

  • The CM expressed relief as the number of recoveries in Odisha crossed the two lakh milestone. In the last eight months, 3.6 million tests were conducted, of which 6.75% turned out positive.
  • Of the states total 29,770 active COVID-19 cases, around 78 per cent of patients are in home isolation. The BJD supremo directed the health department and senior officials to remain in contact with the patients undergoing treatment at homes and in hospitals. Patnaik also stressed on the need to create widespread awareness of anti-viral drugs.
  • Ahead of Puja season, the CM urged people to be more vigilant and strictly abide by COVID protocol. He suggested effective testing, generation of testing reports, information provision and medical care to patients based on feedback received.

Notably, Odisha’s COVID recovery rate is better than that of the country. The national recovery rate is currently at 85 per cent while in Odisha, it is 89 per cent. The fatality rate in the state stands at 0.40 per cent.

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