Odisha: Kalahandi Gets Dedicated COVID Hospital

Bhubaneswar: A 200-bedded standalone COVID Hospital with six Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds has become functional at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district, informed Odisha Government’s Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi today.

Addressing the scheduled presser on COVID-19 preparedness and management at the Geeta Govinda Sadan Bagchi said that the dedicated COVID Hospital has been built with financial support from Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), a State Public Sector Unit.

With this hospital the number of dedicated COVID Hospitals in the State stands at 33 and the total number of beds in these hospitals has increased to 5476, he added.

The Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 further informed that a critical care ICU training programme with participation of 105 nurses from 11 districts for strengthening healthcare in the time of COVID-19 is underway at SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack.

The duration of the training programme is seven days, he added.

Bagchi told that tele-medicine consultation service has been started at Puri and there is no need to visit hospital for health related consultation in view of the lockdown.

The Health & Family Welfare department has requested the public to stay at home and consult doctors over phone in case the need arises,he added.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik taking to his personal Twitter handle has commended both the District Magistrate of Kalahandi and OMC for making ready the COVID Hospital in short time.