Covid Resurgence: No Issue Over Availability Of Beds in Bhubaneswar, Says BMC Commissioner

Bhubaneswar: As of now there is no issue over the availability of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients in the city, informed Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary.

“Currently, we have 75 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in Sum Hospital and we are trying to increase the number within a day or two. For the time being there is no issue over the availability of beds in hospitals, it is under control,” said Chaudhary talking to reporters here today.

On being asked whether the BMC is facing any shortage of Covid vaccine-like elsewhere in the State, the Municipal Commissioner said, “Covaxin is being administered to beneficiaries in BMC area. As of now we have sufficient supply of Covaxin. We are hoping that there will be no problem in BMC area”.

Chaudhary said that enforcement activities have been intensified in the city and its underway at hostels, schools, shopping malls, and market areas.

The 10-day enforcement drive by the police as directed by the Chief Minister yesterday is commencing from today, he added.

Informing that the next focus area of BMC after enforcement is vaccination, Chaudhary said, “We are vaccinating around 10,000 people every day. We are trying to cover maximum number from the vulnerable sections -like street vendors, teachers so that the chances spreading of infection can be curbed”.

Currently, sanitization is being undertaken in places where there is cluster infection like in some apartments, schools, etc. Sanitization of market areas is not being undertaken currently, he added.

He said that screening and random testing of passengers is being undertaken at railway station and airport.

He stated that while complete data and test results etc of all passengers arriving at the airport are being maintained and the data is being despatched to the districts where these passengers are heading to, data of people coming by trains is not being maintained and they are only subjected to screening.

The Municipal Commissioner added that testing of passengers at the railway station and airport is being further strengthened.

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