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Vikash Sharma

Puri: The health sector in Odisha has undergone a sea of transformation and strict observance of COVID-19 guidelines by people in Odisha can combat any spread of new mutant Coronavirus strain first detected in the United Kingdom (UK), said Suresh Mohapatra, the newly appointed Chief Secretary.

In an exclusive interview to OTV, Mohapatra said that people in the State need to strictly observe the protocols issued by the Centre and State government including wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Mohapatra, who visited Puri to pay obeisance to Lord Jagannath on Friday, said that completing the existing developmental projects will be his top priority as the projects hold key to cater to infrastructural development.

“As chairman of the SJTA, I have been overlooking the arrangements with close quarters. I have got a new responsibility and I pray Lord Jagannath that the New Year usher in new hopes and happiness for the people of the State,” said Mohapatra.

Completing the ongoing heritage corridor development projects at Puri and Lingaraj temple and ensuring that they are completed within the specified deadline will be crucial so that devotees can get the benefits early, the newly appointed Chief Secretary said.

“The State government is focusing on health sector which has undergone a sea change. During COVID-19 pandemic also, the normal functioning of health care services were not affected due to parallel setting up of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals by the State government. We will ensure that the new medical colleges in Puri and Jajpur are completed at the earliest besides focusing on the development of existing medical colleges in other parts of the State,” Mohapatra added.

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