New Delhi, June 19: Odisha seems to have now set an example for other states on how to empower its citizens with more authentic, diverse and analysed data of Coronavirus through their digital platform.
The dashboard is available on https://statedashboard.odisha.gov.in/.
It has been formulated by the state government and has now become a handy tool for the journalists, policy makers, government officials and others who are keen to go for deeper understanding of the prevalence of the disease in the state.
This is a beautifully and precisely designed web-space enriched with all facets of information related to the global pandemic.
A close observer of the portal must have marked the improvements in its content and design over the time.
As of date, the necessary information in relation to the number of positive cases is available in “Infection Summary” that displays the cumulative and daily summary information in the chart diagram.
Date wise data, starting with 17th February 2020 on numbers of COVID-19 cases that are active, confirmed, recovered and deceased are furnished by the government for the public to access.
On 17th June 2020, it showed 1277 active cases, 4338 confirmed cases, 3047 recovered cases, and 11 cases of unfortunate deaths.
The latest addition to this feature is the day-wise progression of Coronavirus cases across districts in dynamic bar chart visualization format.
Below it, a map of Odisha can be found classifying districts into Red, Yellow and Green colour and indicating the number of cases that are active, confirmed, recovered and deceased. The same figures can also be seen in tabular format on its side.
One can also find the age-wise and gender-wise bifurcation of Coronavirus cases.
But the most interesting and the latest addition is the Coronavirus testing summary on a line/bar chart.
Date-wise results of Coronavirus tests that were positive (pink line) and negative (green bars) are displayed, starting with cumulative figures before 19th May 2020.
The most useful feature that would help the public directly is the facilities that have been created to control the pandemic.
Map of Odisha delimiting the districts in colour with summary numbers of Coronavirus Care Centers (174 as on 17th June) and Coronavirus Hospitals (35) and Testing Medical Centers (17,638) can be found side by side with the details of the name of these facilities, location and facilities available (numbers of ICU beds, capacity etc.).
Due to the lockdown and stoppage of livelihood opportunities in most urban locations in various states, the migrant workers returned to their native places.
The movement was large and confined from a few outside states and to a few districts of Odisha.
The data/information on such movements can be found by mode of transport (Roadways, Airways and Train), by origin of states and by destination districts.
For example, the most Coronavirus affected district is Ganjam with 699 positive cases and the migrants who returned are from Gujarat (5900), Tamil Nadu (5656), Maharashtra (2684), Telangana (2024), Andhra Pradesh (1608) and others (3793).
The design and data/information displayed in this dashboard of Odisha depict the technological capabilities and willingness of the government of Odisha to manage the Coronavirus pandemic as it has been done in cases of natural disasters.
* The writer is a New Delhi based retired bureaucrat and former economic adviser to the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.