The Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the COVID Plasma Bank for treating serious COVID-19 patients at SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Now, Odisha is the third state besides Delhi and Maharashtra to start this facility. While SCB Medical College will be the nodal agency for plasma therapy, the SUM Hospital, KIIMS Hospitals, both in Bhubaneswar and Aswini Hospital, Cuttack will provide plasma therapy treatment.
Odisha’s three-day unique festival, Raja Parba has begun on June 14. The festival celebrates the onset of monsoon and the Earth’s womanhood. As a mark of respect towards the Earth during her mensuration days, all agricultural works like ploughing, sowing etc., are suspended for three days. The festival is tainted by the on-going coronavirus pandemic as the Odisha government has banned any kind of congregation between June 13 and 16.
Odisha would spend Rs.17,000 crore over the next 10 months to generate employment in sectors like agriculture, fisheries and animal resources development, forest and handlooms and handicrafts in rural areas. The government approved a special livelihood intervention plan to help reduce the impact of economic crisis. The Cabinet also granted permission to allow labourers to work 115 hours overtime in three months.