02 April 2020
Bhubaneswar: Two standalone COVID-19 speciality hospitals with a total capacity of 650 are now functional in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Built within seven days, the hospitals will be known as Odisha COVID hospital and belong to the Government of Odisha.
The first one is a 500 bedded dedicated hospital near KIIMs Bhubaneswar and the second one is at Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack with a 150-bed capacity, said a press note from the Government of Odisha. Both the hospitals have been sponsored by Odisha Mining Corporation.
It is important to note here that the next COVID-19 hospital of the Odisha government having a 500-bed capacity which will be managed by IMS-SUM hospital is expected to be ready in the next three days. It will also be sponsored by the MCL.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanked both the management of KIIMS and Ashwini hospital for their cooperation and faster implementation. The Chief Minister also interacted with doctors and paramedics and highly appreciated their commitment and noble service in the fight against coronavirus.
Patnaik also expressed the hope that although the State is ready to provide better health care to COVID-19 patients in these standalone hospitals, but we can win the fight through social distancing, hand washing and observing lockdown guidelines.
Notably, the State Government had earlier announced patients would get free treatment along with free food and rent-free stay for all COVID 19 cases in these hospitals. Also, these are the largest standalone COVID-19 hospitals in Odisha.