Fight Against Invisible Enemy : Naveen Patnaik
Online Desk : In a recorded video released to the media, chief minister of Odisha Naveen patnaik , said the health workers in Odisha both public and private who loss their lives in the fight against deadly coronavirus will be given the status of ‘Martyr’ . Mr. Patnaik also announced that families of any government doctor, healthcare and other personnel who succumbed to Covid-19 would receive his or her salary until the date of retirement.
On a video massage , Naveen Patnaik said “entire human race is in a fight with Covid19 and the world has lost more than 2 lakh lives in a span of three months. No continent has been spared and most countries are in a state of war with this invisible enemy”
In the same spirit, to honour them… the state government – along with the government of India – will ensure Rs 50 lakh for all those health workers – both private and public – who lose their precious lives in the fight against COVID-19. The state will treat them as martyrs, will organise a state funeral,Naveen Patnaik
He said a detailed scheme of awards will be instituted to recognise their “unparalleled sacrifice”. The awards will be given on national days, the chief minister said.
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“I appeal to everyone that as a community, we should be very grateful for the bold and selfless services being rendered by our doctors and health professionals. Please remember that any act against them is an act against the state. In case anyone indulges in any act that will disturb or dishonour their work, criminal action will be taken against them, including invoking the provisions of National Security Act,” he said.
The 4.5 crore people of Odisha “stand solidly behind the COVID-19 warriors”, he is heard saying at the end of the video message.
Last month, the central government had declared a medical cover of Rs 50 lakh per person for those in the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus. Frontline workers, including doctors and nurses, face the greatest risk of contracting the virus.
Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also announced Rs 1 crore for the families of health workers if they die while dealing with COVID-19 cases.
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India has reported more than 18,000 cororonavirus cases so far, at least 590 deaths. Of these, over 70 cases have been reported from Odisha.
(News Originate from NDTV)