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Odisha Development Commissioner , Secretary to CM & 5T, reviewed COVID preparedness in three districts

Bhubaneswar:23/4/20: Odisha Development Commissioner, SC Mohapatra, and Secretary to CM & 5T, VK Pandian, today reviewed COVID preparedness in Koraput, Nabarangpur, and Malkangiri districts.

The officials reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Koraput. They also reviewed the 150-bed dedicated Odisha COVID Hospital being set up to treat patients. The 5T secretary interacted with the officials on the livelihood programs, law & order situation, and agricultural activities in this district. Strict vigil has to be maintained on the borders of Chhatisgarh & Andhra Pradesh by all three districts, they suggested.

The officials visited Nabarangpur and reviewed the progress of 200-bed Odisha COVID Hospital. It is already operational. It is functioning at B.Ed. College. It is managed by Christian Hospital Nabarangpur and the district administration with the financial support of NALCO.

The 5T Secretary and Development Commissioner then visited and reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Malkangiri. The officials also reviewed the progress of 100-bed standalone Odisha COVID Hospital, agricultural activities, livelihood programs, MGNREGS, and law & order situation there.

Pandian was accompanied by the Development Commissioner cum-Additional Chief Secretary, Planning & Convergence Department Suresh Chandra Mohapatra. The officials interacted with district-level staff and discussed various issues including agriculture and law and order situation.

On April 18, the 5T secretary along with Chief Secretary had visited COVID hospitals in Balangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur and Kandhamal. They had also reviewed the COVID-19 preparedness in Angul, Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur districts.

These visits were preceded by review meetings at Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. Earlier this month, he had visited Kendrapada, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts to oversee COVID-19 Hospital arrangements there.

They also discussed with the Collectors about the Issues relating to the lockdown. They reviewed the preparedness of the districts on issues relating to the return of the migrant Odias from other states after the lockdown is over.

They asked the collectors to strictly implement the instructions given by CM for facilitating the Agricultural and other activities exempted from the lockdown.

Facilitating procurement and sale of minor forest produce in Koraput, Malkangiri & Nabarangpur districts were also discussed.

They instructed SPs in all the three districts to ensure that the lockdown is enforced strictly.

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