Berhampur/Dharmagarh: At a time when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is stressing on Covid-19 appropriate behaviour to fight Coronavirus, several market associations are now coming forward to extend a helping hand in such crisis situation.
The traders’ association in Aska of Ganjam district and Dharmagarh in Kalahandi district have decided to keep markets other than those selling grocery, medicines and other essential items closed to break the chain of the virus.
As per official sources, the Aska Bazar (market) will remain shut for seven days in view of the rising cases of Covid-19. “All shops except milk outlets, grocery shops and medicine stores to remain shut,” the traders’ association said.
Ganjam Collector, Vijay Amrut Kulange said, “I welcome the proposal of the traders’ association. With such community participation, we can fight Covid-19.”
Kulange further said a meeting was held at Aska block office on Monday and it was decided to ensure efficient Covid-19 management at village-level in the district.
“PRI members had worked as Covid warriors during the first phase and all of them are ready to assist in the second wave. We are trying to increase oxygen and other beds at hospitals. At present, there is no dearth of beds and oxygen. Though the mortality rate is low in Ganjam district, we are taking all possible steps to increase Covid hospitals. We have asked local officers to declare containment zones wherever Covid cases are detected,” said Kulange.
In Kalahandi district, the traders’ association in Dharmagarh has also decided shut all shops except grocery, milk and fruits outlets till May 2, 2021.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)