Odisha CM appeals people to take care of their elders to tackle COVID-19

Bhubaneswar: At a time when persons aged above 60 years fell victim of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appealed the people of the State to take the utmost care of their elderly persons. Today the coronavirus claimed a 72-year-old from Punjab, the fourth life in the country.

The Odisha Chief Minister appealed the people to look after the mental and physical care of their elderly persons. The CM’s message was read out by the Odisha government’s Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi at a press briefing at Gita Govind Sadan in Bhubaneswar today.

As per 2011 census, the number of elderly persons in Odisha are 42 lakh. Of them 6% are in 60-70 age group whereas 3% are in 70-80 age group. 1 % is above 80 years, Bagchi informed.

In his message, the CM appealed the people to listen to elderly persons and talk to them. The elders must be kept informed about coronavirus and other issues surrounding them. Talking to the elders about their old memories will bring smile on their faces, the message added.

Family members must be careful to the needs of their elders, Bagchi said, adding that books must be brought for them so that they can get mental peace.

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