Bhubaneswar: Odisha is now in a better position to manage the COVID-19 situation which is climbing at an alarming rate across the country. In Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recently directed his team of officials to ensure that adequate number of ICU beds and ventilators are available for the treatment of critical patients afflicted with the novel Coronavirus.
Following the Chief Minister’s directive, the Health and Family Welfare Department ramped up efforts for capacity enhancement of critical infrastructure at COVID hospitals across the State.
At present, 42 per cent of the total number of ventilators in the Capital City are available for COVID-19 patients. As per official data, 107 out of 185 ventilators in Bhubaneswar are available for treatment of COVID patients.
Similarly, 51 per cent of ICU beds are available for the treatment of COVID patients in Bhubaneswar. According to information, 252 cases of COVID-19 are in the ICU. The total number of ICU beds dedicated for COVID patients in Bhubaneswar is 515.
In the adjoining city Cuttack, 154 out of 278 COVID ICU beds are occupied and 85 per cent of the ventilators here are currently in use for treating COVID-19 patients.
In the whole State, 647 out of 1,362 ICU beds for COVID patients are occupied. 240 out of 526 (total) ventilators across Odisha are in use for the treatment of COVID patients, the official figures revealed.
As per data, 4,684 (56%) out of total 8,310 general beds dedicated for COVID treatment in Odisha are occupied. In Bhubaneswar there are total 1,617 general beds for COVID patients out of which 78 per cent or 1,269 are occupied. In Cuttack, out of 702 general beds, 431 or 61 per cent are occupied, the figures as on September 20 revealed.