No complacency in the fight against COVID: Naveen


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday warned of complacency in preparing for COVID-19 for a possible third wave, as positive cases in the state have steadily declined in recent weeks.

“Although the situation is under control, we must not stay satisfied with ourselves, but become more vigilant, which will protect us,” Patnaik said while reviewing the COVID-19 situation here. He called on authorities to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocols.

‘First priority’

“If the third wave of COVID-19 hits us by the end of August, we will have to tackle it with all our preparation. Health is a top priority of the state government. We are emphasizing the strengthening of health infrastructure as well as the development of human resources, ”said Mr. Patnaik.

He said the state government has provided COVID-19 assistance to the tune of 2,004 crore to 10 different categories of beneficiaries, including particularly vulnerable tribal groups, migrant workers, street vendors and groups of people. mutual aid for women.

During this time, 1.5 lakh of vaccines were administered, which represents almost 50% of the target population over 18 years old in Odisha.

‘1.14 crore first jabs’

According to the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare, 1.14 crore people received the first dose while 36 lakh received the second dose.

As many as 64,29,405 people over the age of 45 took the first dose while 42,89,450 in the 18-44 age group received the first dose.

In addition, approximately 7 lakhs of health and primary care workers received the first dose.

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