SCB Cuttack Prepared To Tackle Covid Surge, No Need To Panic: Dean

Bhubaneswar: The SCB Medical College & Hospital (SCBMC&H) in Cuttack is prepared to tackle any situation arising out of the surge in Covid-19 cases, said Dean & Principal Dr Datteswar Hota on Friday while asking people not to panic.

Addressing media persons, Hota said that as Omicron has spread its tentacles, many people are visiting the OPD of SCBMC&H with the authorities pondering on how to provide health care facilities to them.

During the second wave also many patients had visited the hospital and the State Government had sanctioned 600 beds out of which 140 are ICUs. The facilities are still being used for the treatment of the patients.

There are 11 beds in the Fever Clinic with oxygen facility. There are sufficient doctors who are working round the clock. Around 140 to 180 patients are visiting daily with an average of 10 admissions daily.

There are oxygen units and sufficient medicines available. There are four dialysis facilities for Covid-affected kidney patients, 40 bedded ward for Covid-affected pregnant women, and a special operation theatre for Covid patients.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had last year inaugurated nine Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO machines at SCBMC&H. Fortunately, no patient has required any ECMO treatment during this wave.

Meanwhile, the number of admissions and the severity is low, and around 90 percent of patients have been advised home isolation. Therefore, people should not panic as all facilities are available for the public as per the instruction of the Chief Minister.