Bhubaneswar:19/6/20: Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik announced a new strategy to meet new challenges in the COVID19 battle. CM said each panchayat will have COVID Care Homes to accommodate people needing transit facilities. With a focus on decentralized management, provision for 70,000 people across Odisha being created.
Decentralizing the COVID19 management, ward level COVID Management Committees will be formed. People having symptoms of cold, cough & fever, needing transit isolation, will be brought to COVID Care Homes & if tested +ve with a need for medical care, will be sent to COVID hospitals.
Ward level people’s representatives, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and SHG women will be part of COVID Management Committees. The committees will have special powers under the epidemic act and each will be allocated ₹10,000. Gaon Kalyan Samiti will manage the committees.
Sarpanchs will continue to be responsible for TMCs and COVID Care Homes while Urban ward committees will be managed by Ward Officers with local people and volunteers as members. They will visit house to house to collect health information. In urban areas, focus will be on slums.
CM stressed that a decentralized approach is the need of the hour as focus is now on LifeAndLivelihood. CM sought everyone’s cooperation in this long drawn fight against COVID19 adding that each of us is a CoronaWarrior and needs to be alert to knock down the pandemic.