Bhubaneswar: 24/6/21:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid foundation stones for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) plants and Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants in eight districts.
The districts are Bargarh, Ganjam, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Rayagada and Malkangiri.
The foundation stones were laid via video conferencing, said an official press release.
In addition to the laying of foundation stones, the Chief Minister inaugurated a 12-bedded Special Newborn Care Unit at the Berhampur City Hospital, Dialysis Unit at Bhanjanagar, a new Primary Health Centre in Kukudakhandi block and a new Community Health Centre in Digapahandi block.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister while, thanking doctors, health workers and other Covid warriors informed that while there has been improvement in the situation in the second wave, the situation in some coastal districts is fluctuating.
Similarly, experts have different opinions on the third wave and in addition to that the delta plus variant of the virus has been observed in some States, he added.
Therefore under no circumstances, there should be any negligence in our preparedness, Patnaik opined.
“We can only win this fight with the government’s preparedness, alertness and cooperation from the public. So preparedness, alertness and cooperation is our thumb rule,” the Chief Minister stated.
Patnaik while seeking cooperation of the people in observance of Covid rules and vaccination stated that by now more than one crore doses of vaccine have been administered.
While expressing that he has always emphasized on livelihood with life, he informed that the government has recently announced a package of 1690 crore for the poor and the farmers.
The Chief Minister while informing that work on installation of LMO and PSA plants has already started in 15 districts, said that foundation stones for eight more was laid today.
He sought cooperation of the people in the endeavour of the State government to provide better service.
Participating in the programme from Berhampur, Speaker of the State Assembly Surjya Narayan Patro stated that today is a great day for Ganjam. He threw light on the various steps being taken in Ganjam district for improvement of health infrastructure.
Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das, Rural Development Minister Susant Singh, Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda, Skill Development Minister Premanand Nayak, ST & SC Development Minister Jagannath Sarka, Kandhamal MP Achyut Samant, Nabarangpur MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi, and Kendrapara MLA Sashi Bhusan Behera highly praised the Chief Minister for Odisha’s excellent performance in the fight against Covid, development of health infrastructure, his foresight and efficient leadership.
The MPs and MLAs from different districts attended this programme.
Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister, 5-T V.K. Pandian coordinated the program.
Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, P.K. Mohapatra delivered the welcome address. Mrs Yamini Sadangi, Managing Director, OSMC, delivered the vote of thanks.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Development Commissioner P.K. Jenna, Principal Secretary, Industries, Hemant Sharma, and other senior officials were present on the occasion.