While most of us have the privilege to work from the comfort of our homes, the healthcare workers are performing their duties, day in day out, despite the incredible odds. As we have entered the third day of the lockdown, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the doctors, paramedics and healthcare workers in the state will get an advance salary of four months in April.
In an official video message, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha said, “Our doctors, paramedics, and healthcare workers are in the first line of defense providing relentless services amid these difficult conditions.”
During a press conference, Subrata Bagchi, the Covid-19 spokesperson said that the Odisha government is undertaking measures to control the current pandemic situation. An amount of Rs 44.50 crore has been released from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to 30 districts and Red Cross Societies for this matter.
A day after PM Narendra Modi announced the 21 day lockdown, people in Odisha and Bhubaneswar were spotted taking walks in the inner lanes of their areas. As per reports, in cities like Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Cuttack, the gathering was much more outside the chicken shops rather than medical shops.
The Odisha government, on Thursday, also announced the set up of India’s largest COVID-19 hospital with 1,000 beds and further amenities, which will be functional within a fortnight.