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There is a competition to live a life that takes you farther from your roots. Our roots are inevitably ecological. Having gained the wonderful experience of knowing ecology from close corners over the last two decades, I behave like an objective chronicler of it. This blog is meant to be a contemporary chronology of ecology, economics and we the being. The blog will have text and visuals. Ranjan Panda
Friday, April 22, 2016
WIO's #BeatTheHeat2016 Campaign: 'An Issue A Day' with the Chief Minister of Odisha! Issue 4 - 21 April 2016
21st April, 2016 Dear Friends/Co-sailors,
Greetings from Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) !
As you are aware, we at WIO have just initiated a citizen's voluntary campaign #BeatTheHeat2016 to spread awareness and action to mitigate heat wave, climate change and related environmental crises in the state of Odisha this summer.
As part of this campaign, starting 18th April, we have started a Poster Drive to 'Raise An Issue A Day' with the Chief Minister of Odisha urging upon him to take notice of the vital issues and take action.
Today, on 21st April 2016, we are raising the Fourth Issue with the Chief Minister.
While we have attaching today's poster above, we are pasting below the Issue - 4 for your reference and doing the needful:
We sincerely need your kind support in making this drive successful for benefit of the common people suffering from Heat Wave and related disasters. Hope you shall actively participate in this campaign.
Issue No.4 raised with the CM of Odisha on 21st April 2016
Majority of health infrastructure in state lack facilities and services to treat Sun Stroke patients
We understand that the state government is working to ensure ‘zero casualty’ in case of heat wave attacks. However, 3144 people have already died in last 18 years as per govt statistics. In reality the death would have crossed the 10000 mark or even more. Most of these deaths could have been prevented had there been proper health facilities in all parts of the state. In many cases, people have to travel far to the district head quarter hospitals to get treated.
Please augment the health services and facilities in the entire state. All heat wave victims must receive medical attention and treatment immediately and that is possible only if rural and sub-urban health infrastructure is well equipped. The district hospitals also need serious improvement.
We have already twitted this to the CM.
You may also like to retweet it from our twitter handles @ranjanpanda and @MahanadiRiver. In that case, please don't forget to tag @CMO_Odisha and use the hashtag @BeatTheHeat2016
In this campaign, we are asking all concerned citizens of Odisha to send in the issues/questions they feel are vital to be raised with the CM. Our Campaign Coordination Committee will decide on relevant issues and then send in one poster a day to the CM for the coming few weeks.
As always, we look forward to your support in this as well.
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance)