Bhubaneswar:9/6/20: “Create a repository of knowledge on the pandemic for future reference”, directed by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy. He gave this direction while reviewing the processes and interventions followed by different departments dealing with the crisis in a high-level meeting held in Lok Seva Bhawan conference hall today, wherein Secretary Information & Public Relations Sanjay Kumar Singh outlined the issues for discussion.
Tripathy added, “Covid-19 is unprecedented in recent human memory, and, it is a learning crisis. Documentation about the response strategies and interventions being adopted will strengthen the nation’s public health system for future”. The departments dealing with the crisis were advised to prepare a thematic summary of the approaches and operations undertaken including the unique challenges faced, corrective measures are taken, lessons learned, and good practices that evolved.
The meeting deliberated on an indicative template for documentation as per the suggestive guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority and Government of India. It would capture the emergence of ideas and actions as the pandemic appeared in India and Odisha, the analytical documents, Government orders, advisories, awareness creation, diffusion of correct information, management of public fear and apprehension, community involvement, enforcement, challenges success & weaknesses, etc. It was decided to prepare the document in two forms viz. one compendium of orders & circulars, and, one audio-visual substance. Chief Secretary Tripathy advised making the document a ‘real-time reflective of the moods and perceptions in course of the response and management”.