Have strategic move for Survey, Testing, Tracing, Isolation and Treatment- Chief Secretary
District and Municipal Administration asked to implement the lockdown strictly
Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Sri Asit Tripathy in a meeting with the Collectors, SPs, Municipal Commissioners, Police Commissioner of four districts and towns where lockdown has been imposed from 17 July directed to implement the lockdown norms very strictly without any compromise with public health. Sri Tripathy said, “the current lockdown is entirely driven by the principles of public health based on medical and clinical science; and hence there should not be any relaxation in implementation at ground level”.
The police commissionerate of the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar was directed to have strict regulation regarding entry and exit of the persons and vehicles except the goods carrying vehicles. They were also asked to judge genuinity and urgency of the cases in allowing the entry and exist.
The entire administrative machinery of these lockdown areas were directed to intensify surveillance, testing, tracing, isolation and treatment during this period. Chief Secretary directed Collectors to draft any official from any department for assisting in this process. Sri Tripathy made it clear, “State is fighting the pandemic as one unit. All the departments are to assist and cooperate the health & family welfare department in this task”. Chief Secretary emphatically told that “checking the infection is our single target”. Find out all symptomatic cases. Each district and ULB must have their own ‘local specific’ strategy for this survey. Intensive awareness activities also should be undertaken for motivating the people to come forward for test if they find any symptom in themselves.
Additional Chief Secretary( ACS) Health & Family Welfare ( H&FW) Sri Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra said, “ there is no want of testing kits, protective equipments and medicines. All the CDMOs have been supplied with these materials”. He also asked the CDMOs to be in direct touch with Medical Corporation for further requirement, if any.
Collectors were asked to look into the ground situation daily over one to one meeting with the CDMOs and assess the effectiveness of the survey, check in infection rate, management and treatment of the positive cases as per the guidelines; and, report those to ACS H & FW , who will monitor ‘health parameters’ of all the districts daily.
The print and electronic media were advised to apply self regulation by deploying minimum bare required personnel on ground.
Principal Secretary GA & Public Grievances Sri Sanjeeb Chopra said that all government officers should work from home. The staff required by the respective office head will come to office.
It was further clarified that the organizations in insurance, banking and IT sectors should operate with bare minimum staff. The personnel coming to office must have their own identity card along with duty allotment letter from the respective office head.
The ULBs and Police were advised to decentralize the wet markets for maintaining social distance.
Chief Secretary advised the people not to travel more than half a kilometer to purchase vegetables or essential commodities. All were asked to walk down the distance to shops and not to use bikes or vehicles for the purpose. Sri Tripathy said, “Sufficient supply of essential commodities and vegetables will be maintained and nobody should make any panic buying”.
Director General of Police Sri Abhaya, ACS and SRC Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, ACS Health & Family Welfare Sri Pradeepta Kumar Jena, Commissioner of Police Sri Sudhansu Sadangi, Principal Secretary Home Sri Sanjiv Chopra along with senior officers from respective departments and police participated in the deliberations. The Collectors, SPs and CDMOs of concerned districts participated in it over video conferencing.