Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked Union Coal & Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi to grant permission to Nehru Satabdi Central Hospital (NSCH) of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), Talcher for functioning as Covid-19 hospital with the urgent provisioning of 100 ventilators.
Pradhan, in a letter to Joshi, stated that India is currently battling the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. To bolster and support the decisive steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in fast tracking India’s vaccination program, the nation must simultaneously and rapidly ramp up all available health infrastructure for treating the mounting cases of Covid-19.
Citing the recent surge of Covid-19 cases in Odisha especially in Angul district, Pradhan stated that NSCH Talcher was functioning as Covid-19 hospital with 144 beds and 6 ICU units during the first wave of the pandemic. Due to the explosive resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the region, it is critical to grant emergency permission for supplementing Covid-19 care at NSCH Talcher with 100 ventilators.
“Keeping in mind the exponential rise in number of Covid-19 cases in Angul and limited number of Covid-19 treatment facilities in the region, it is essential to operationalize and supplement critical medical infrastructure in the region,” said Pradhan.
“I therefore seek your personal intervention in declaring NSCH, MCL as Covid Hospital with ICU facilities, and also issuing necessary permission to officials of MCL for making urgent arrangements for 100 nos. ventilators at the hospital in order to provide medical care to the rapidly growing number of Covid-19 patients in Anugul district and its surrounding areas,” he added.