Bhubaneswar: The FICCI Odisha State Council organised a virtual roundtable on Odisha Healthcare (Covid19: Vaccination and the Next Wave) today.
Monica Nayyar Patnaik, Chairperson, FICCI Odisha State Council and MD, Sambad Group delivered the welcome address. “We (FICCI) are also a part of the state government’s task force in vaccination drives and procuring medical oxygen supply,” she said. FICCI is working closely with the state government and doing series of activities and awareness programme.
Naba Kishore Das, Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha graced the event as the Chief Guest, said the State has efficiently managed the pandemic during the second wave. He appreciated the commendable works of Doctors, Nurses, Paramedical staffs, Police, District collectors and entire healthcare during the second wave. Odisha’s recovery rate of Covid patient is better as compared to other states. This is possible due to robust infrastructure and stock of essential medicines for the treatment of Covid. He said, “One can’t predict about the third wave, but the state has to be well prepared.” He stated the State is making serious efforts for the procurement of the vaccines from the Centre. The State government is committed to vaccinate the citizens of the entire state.
Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour and stated, that Odisha has prepared the action plan for the third wave with robust healthcare facilities. The state has handled the second wave efficiently as a result there is sharp decline in positive rate due to the adequate healthcare facilities and essential drugs. He stated the death rate of Covid patients in the state is lowest in the country. He stated the state is also highest producer of medical oxygen and has supplied medical oxygen to eighteen states recently and saved lives of million people. He gave importance on three things, wearing masks, following appropriate Covid behaviour and vaccination and to keep one’s guard.
Dr. Siddhant Kar, Managing Director, Kar Clinics and Hospitals Ltd stated, “Vaccination is the only alternative to protect us from Covid third wave.” He said the people must continue wearing masks and follow appropriate Covid behaviour and as the pandemic will stay for some more years.
Dr. Milan Kumar, Managing Director, 32 Gems of Miles shared various mechanism on pandemic forecasting and shared the success stories of other countries Spain and Portugal in tackling pandemic effectively. He highlighted the importance of technology in real time assessment of forecasting pandemic.
Sajib Kumar Rout, FICCI Member and Founder President, CV Raman Global University gave the concluding remarks and highlighted the support extended by FICCI members during pandemic to the state administration.
JK Mohanty, Co-Chairman, FICCI National Tourism Council and CMD, Swosti Group; JK Rath, Director, Machem; Prabodh Mohanty, Managing Director, SNM Group and Arabinda Das, CGM, Sambad participated in the interaction.