Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reviewed the emerging COVID-19 crisis in the State and laid emphasis over strengthening of the healthcare system in Khordha and neighbouring Cuttack district.
Patnaik, who held the review meeting online, also stressed the need for sustained awareness campaign about the need to obey the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry to fight the pandemic.
The Chief Minister also underlined that all people should follow the restrictions relating to mask wearing, hand sanitising, social distancing and no spitting in the public.
ପରିସ୍ଥିତିକୁ ଦୃଷ୍ଟିରେ ରଖି କଟକ-ଭୁବନେଶ୍ବରରେ ଗୁରୁତର ରୋଗୀମାନଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଅଧିକ ICU ବେଡ୍ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ପାଇଁ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶ ଦେବା ସହିତ ଏହି ଦୁଇ ସହରରେ ଅଧିକ ଆମ୍ବୁଲାନ୍ସ ମୁତୟନ ପାଇଁ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି।ଆଗାମୀ ସପ୍ତାହରେ ଭୁବନେଶ୍ବର-କଟକରେ ପରିସ୍ଥିତିରେ ଉନ୍ନତି ଆସିବ ବୋଲି ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ଆଶାପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି। pic.twitter.com/nyJMhfiKlP
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In view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, Patnaik directed the authorities concerned to increase the number of intensive care units (ICUs) in the twin cities.
He also issued directions for deployment of more ambulances in the twin cities.
He, however, expressed hope that the situation will improve in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack cities by next week.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister had express satisfaction in a social media post that Odisha is among the three leading States reporting lowest case fatality rate.
“In a significant progress in the battle against #COVID19 pandemic, #Odisha is among three leading states reporting lowest Case Fatality Rate. State’s CFR of 0.43% is also much below the national average of 1.70%,” Patnaik wrote on Twitter.
Of the total of 1,35,130 COVID-19 cases detected in Odisha till date, Khordha has reported 23,332 cases and Cuttack 11,519 cases.
A total of 1,05,295 persons have recovered by Wednesday, while 633 persons have died – 580 persons due to COVID-19 and the remaining 53 due to other ailments.