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Family Members Of COVID19 Patients Should Be Kept Informed: Odisha CM To Officials

Bhubaneswar: Hours after the State’s COVID-19 tally crossed 10,000-mark following the highest single-day spike of 571 new cases today, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced to include COVID management under its ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative and suggested officials to devise a mechanism to keep family members informed about the health condition of infected persons.

Announcing the decision after chairing a high-level review meeting on the COVID-19 situation, Patnaik today said, “Odisha has developed a decentralised COVID-management strategy document based on the suggestions received from district Collectors, SsP and others during the last review meeting held on June 29. At present, different departments, district administrators and senior officials of the government have been entrusted with specific responsibilities towards the management of COVID-19 pandemic in the State.”

Patnaik asked the officials to come up with a dedicated system of online entry of occupants in COVID Care Homes which will improve the monitoring mechanism.

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“We will start Mo Sarkar and take random feedback on special parameters from persons admitted in COVID Care Centres and COVID hospitals. All senior officials and COVID observers must take random feedback from patients as well from COVID Warriors and improve service delivery,” said Patnaik while addressing senior officials.

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha had launched the Mo Sarkar initiative on October 2 last year. The objective of the programme is to bring in professionalism and behavioural change in public offices through a direct random feedback system from citizens.

The system was initially introduced in Odisha Police and later other departments of the State government were included under the Mo Sarkar. Highlighting the importance of transparency, Patnaik stated that it is important to keep the family members informed about the change in the health status of positive patients. Similarly, there should be special facility to connect patients and their family members through phone or video call.

“We must ask the Union Government not to increase the train and air traffic and we should explore further to reduce the frequency of connectivity from hotspots like Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata,” said Patnaik.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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