Bhubaneswar: Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi has instructed the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) to set up around 550-bedded Covid facilities in four districts of Odisha, on the request of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Joshi, in a letter to Pradhan on Wednesday, stated that he has instructed the management of MCL to consider the request received from the latter on May 7 for setting up the Covid facilities in Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Angul districts of Odisha.
Pradhan, in order to ramp up the medical infrastructure in the State for combating Covid-19, had sought the personal intervention of Joshi to implement the following additional measures with support from MCL:
i. Setting up of a temporary super specialty hospital with 150 oxygenated beds, ICU and Ventilator facilities in Sambalpur.
ii. Setting up of Covid Hospital with 50 oxygenated beds, ICU and Ventilator facilities in Vasundhara area of MCL, Sundargarh district.
iii. Provisioning of 50 oxygenated beds, ICU and Ventilator facilities at Brajrajnagar Covid Hospital, Jharsuguda district.
iv. Provisioning of 150 oxygenated beds, ICU and Ventilator facilities at Lakhanpur Covid Hospital, Jharsuguda district.
v. Provisioning of 150 oxygenated beds, ICU and Ventilator facilities at MCL Covid Hospital Talcher, Angul district.
Replying in the affirmative, Joshi stated that it is bounden duty of every individual and every institution in the country to rise to the occasion and lend their support to the Prime Minister of India in his efforts to contain spread of the pandemic and mitigate the sufferings of the people.