Bhubaneswar:10/7/20 The current global coronavirus pandemic has posed a big threat to humanity and good governance can be the difference between life and death. In India, Odisha’s approach focusing on the imperatives of public health governance to deal with the impact of a pandemic for society and people at large has become a role model for many states in South Asia even evoking appreciation at the global level.
GB Dash, OSD to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his address at an international webinar on “Writing Post-Pandemic Life World: Society, Cultural Materialities, and Practices” talked about the measures taken by Odisha to tackle the issues due to the deadly COVID-19 virus that have saved many lives.
The state has put in place a comprehensive public health mechanism for close surveillance of the people to monitor their health status while assuaging at the same time the emotional and psychological needs of the migrant population.
Odisha is the first state in the country to enforce lockdown over 40 per cent of the state, the biggest of its kind in India’s history from March 22. This has been implemented effectively to keep the impact of the deadly virus mitigated.
Moreover, Odisha is the first state to start dedicated government COVID hospitals run by professionals and dedicated separate COVID hospitals in all 30 districts. Also, online registration of people returning from outside the state is being done for effective governance and ease of movement for the citizens.
In order to give citizens a reward for their honesty, Odisha is the first state in India to give Rs 15,000 cash incentive for declaring travel history and telemedicine helpline for the people during the lockdown has also been made live.
Women empowerment and safety is of paramount significance and Odisha is the only state to provide women SHGs in managing COVID-19 management in terms of providing cooked food and masks.