06 April 2020
Bhubaneswar: As administrations across the world are facing a hard time in upping their medical facilities to meet the crisis created by COVID-19, Odisha is setting standards by making its third government-run COVID hospital functional within a matter of days.
Today, the state government's third facility, a 500 bed Odisha COVID Hospital, plus 20 bedded ICU facility at SOA campus 2 has been made functional. The state facility will be managed by SUM Medical College & Hospital supported by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacted with the doctors and healthcare workers of the hospital through video conferencing. He appreciated their commitment to serve people during this global pandemic. He also thanked Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Dharmendra Pradhan for their support and MCL for supporting this facility for people of Odisha. CM further appreciated SOA for setting up this facility in record time.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan appreciated the initiatives taken by the State Govt in the fight against coronavirus. He also called upon all cutting across caste creed and party line to follow the advice of both Govt of India and Govt of Odisha for the betterment of human society. Union minister mining and parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi assured all support from Government of India, in this united fight against coronavirus. He also indicated the establishment of more COVID hospitals in Odisha in cooperation with PSUs under the mining ministry.
Two other COVID hospitals have also been kept ready to meet any challenge that might come in future. Of these two Hospitals, one has been developed by KIMS, a 500 bedded facility, and the other be Ashwini Hospital Cuttack with a facility of 125 beds. Besides at district level the district administration of Sundergarh has established a 200 bedded dedicated COVID hospital at Rourkela with Hi-tech Medical College and Hospital The total bed capacity for COVID patients now stands at 1350.
It was also informed that the Odisha govt has started work to set up 4 lakh isolation bed facilities in 7000 Panchayats. The State is also going to set up two dedicated COVID hospitals at Angul and Kendrapada in cooperation with SUM hospital.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, founder of SUM hospital Manoj Nayak, and senior officers of the State government and MCL were also present at the video conference.