Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: Mo Jeeban Programme

The “Mo Jeeban Programme” was launched by the Odisha Government to contain the spread of COVID-19. The programme was launched by the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.


‘Mo Jeeban’ means ‘My Life’. The State Government through the programme appeals to the people to stay indoors. The programme urges the working population to take an oath in name of their children and parents to cooperate and support by not stepping outside. It also raises awareness of washing hands at least for 20 seconds.

Other Measures

The Odisha Government has allocated Rs 200 crores to fight against the virus. Currently there are more than 80,000 people who have returned from abroad in Odisha. These people have been instructed to stay under home quarantine for 14 days.

The Odisha Government has also launched 2 separate hospitals under PPP model. Currently the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Odisha is 3 and in India is around 700.

Odisha sets up COVID-19 dedicated hospitals with 1,000 beds

On March 27, 2020, the Odisha Government announced that it is to set up two COVID-19 dedicated hospitals under PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.


Around 84,000 people have returned from abroad in the state. There are so far three positive cases in the state. The Government forecasting the spread of the virus has prepared isolated dedicated hospitals under PPP model where only COVID-19 patients are to be treated.


The funds for the hospitals were brought in from CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds. The Orissa Mining Corporation and Mahanadi Coal Limited (a Coal India Subsidiary) brought in Rs 500 crores.

Recently GoI had allowed the Corporates to use the CSR funds towards COVID-19 containment. Usually these funds are to be used by the corporate towards  social and economic development of backward region.

Lessons from Italy

Today, the COVID-19 spread at its fastest pace in Italy. This was because, Italy had close business tie ups with China. Also, Italy treated COVID-19 patients in general hospitals. This increased the spread of the virus. By studying this and to avoid such situation, Odisha has set up separate hospitals.

Other Measures

The Panchayats have kept 7,200 beds ready for quarantine and isolation purposes.