Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik fairly emphatically mentioned his Authorities’s priorities are training and well being whereas addressing his Council of Ministers on the event of completion of two years of his fifth-term Authorities.
In truth, training and well being, coupled with agriculture, have been completely uncared for within the State. The Covid-19 pandemic has unravelled how the well being situation is at sixes and sevens. The 2 waves of the Coronavirus have critically affected the State with excessive an infection and loss of life charges.
There are severe shortages of beds, ambulances, docs, nurses, medicines, ventilators and different medical equipments in hospitals, together with the medical faculty hospitals (MCHs).
Little question, the State Authorities has arrange designated Covid Hospitals on a warfare footing, however they’re a mere quick-fix. There’s a evident absence of a everlasting strong heath system. Throughout the first wave of the pandemic, the Authorities ran Covid Hospitals and quarantine centres from outdated Authorities buildings, together with deserted buildings of District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH), colleges and faculties. Everybody is aware of how the hospitals and the quarantine centres had been run with large irregularities whereas the Authorities continued to brush them underneath the carpet.
Extra pathetic was the choice to wind up the Covid Hospitals and quarantine centres because the an infection fee dropped by finish of final yr. When the second wave struck, the Authorities was again at sq. one and began from the scratch. The personal hospitals, the place the Covid sufferers crowded within the first wave, exploited them like something. With the Authorities delaying in capping the charges, the personal hospitals discovered it probably the most opportune second to mint cash. They even didn’t let our bodies to be taken for cremation if their payments weren’t paid absolutely. Foyer was wanted for getting a mattress and high quality therapy and people who failed additionally failed to avoid wasting their sufferers’ life. The state of affairs has been reasonably worse through the second wave. Mass vaccination is an enormous query within the second wave and particularly in view of a 3rd wave ready within the wings. However right here additionally the Authorities cuts a sorry determine.
With the availability of vaccines from the Centre not matching the necessity of the State, very negligible share of inhabitants has been included within the programme up to now.
The MoU with the Serum Institute for purchasing Covishield has not labored because the vaccine producer has developed chilly toes by not supplying the vaccine in time, whereas the worldwide tender for purchasing vaccine from worldwide market is prone to be a flop present with international firms reluctant to hitch the tender course of and some of them declaring to take care of the Central Authorities solely. The grim well being situation of Odisha solely factors to a uncared for well being sector for lengthy. Over the last 22 years of rule of the Patnaik Authorities, there may be nonetheless a lot to be carried out within the well being sector to deal with a pandemic state of affairs like Corona. Within the final two years, the State Authorities has little doubt woken as much as streamline the well being sector, however by that point, the State has paid a heavy worth when it comes to lack of human life and sufferings owing to Covid. The CM mentioned, “Huge funding of over Rs 8,500 crore in growth of healthcare infrastructure throughout the State is underneath progress. The SCB Medical Faculty Hospital will likely be developed as an important establishment with an funding of Rs 3,500 crore. Greater than 786 docs and 5,137 paramedics have been recruited within the final one yr alone.” This reveals how the State’s well being system was utterly ill-equipped until the pandemic broke out and the State Authorities burnt the midnight oil solely when it was in grip of the well being disaster. The stress on training sector is once more an eyewash. Be it major, secondary or larger training, the state of affairs is alarming. When the underprivileged sections should be inspired to attend colleges, the Authorities has a diabolical plan to shut 1000’s of colleges on the pretext of much less scholar energy. Solely the Orissa Excessive Court docket’s intervention within the challenge has put a halt to the train. The prevailing major colleges will not be having the required variety of lecturers, whereas large embezzlement of funds are happening by a nexus of officers, lecturers, members of faculty managing committee (SMCs) and native leaders. Lecturers are engaged in additional of non-academic works than in educating. Most significantly, rural colleges are working by a peculiar state of affairs the place lecturers are appointed underneath totally different complicated schemes and grant insurance policies, resulting in discriminatory scales of pay and repair circumstances. Hundreds of lecturers in numerous colleges and faculties, particularly in rural belt, have been left to fend for themselves with out a common job, by protecting them underneath a Block Grant coverage. Whereas these lecturers are taking a lion’s share of the training burden, satirically, the Authorities has ditched them by not fulfilling their authentic calls for for a very long time. Quite the opposite, larger training is underneath the management of training mafia. The Authorities has been selling them in numerous methods to unburden itself from the essential accountability of pumping cash to this sector which is reasonably unproductive in brief time period. Consequently, Odisha is fast paced in direction of commercialisation of training resulting in depriving lakhs of scholars from poor and marginalized sections of high quality training.