Bhubaneswar: In continuation with visits to Covid hospitals in the State, Secretary to Chief Minister Transformation and Initiative (5T) VK Pandian today visited the Covid hospital in the districts of Angul, Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur.
The latest 150-bedded hospital with a facility of eight ICU is being built at Nehru Shatabdi Hospital of Talcher. Dedicated doctors and other medical staff will be employed here. It is being built with joint contributions from State and Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMCL).
The hospital at Dhenkanal boasts of 100 beds whereas the one at Jagatsinghpur has a capacity of 300 beds. While Nalco has come forward to fund an exclusive 200 -bed COVID-19 hospital at Nabarangpur, PPT will set up a 100- bed hospital for treatment of coronavirus patients at the port town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.
Pandian inspected the facilities at the hospitals and the preparedness of the districts in fighting COVID-19. He interacted with hospital’s administration, district’s administration and OMCL officials.
During his visit to Jagatsinghpur district, Pandian visited the Migrant labour camp at Paradeep and lauded the efforts put into taking care of migrants from other states who are stuck here.
A total of 86 migrant labourers, hailing from West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha’s Balasore, are staying in the Sandhakud Coast Guard Colony camp. They are mostly construction workers stranded due to the lockdown. Complete care of the labourers is being taken here which includes free food twice daily, dispersion of dry ration and regular health check-up.
Notably, Pandian always ensures to make field visits and see the implementation of the instructions given by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Yesterday he paid a visit to Covid hospitals in Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. On April 15, he had paid a visit to the hospitals in the districts of Sambalpur and Kalahandi. Earlier this month, he had visited Kendrapara, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts to oversee COVID-19 Hospital arrangements there.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Chief Minister has directed to set up Odisha COVID Hospitals in every district by next week with a plan to set up 36 hospitals with a combined bed capacity of 6000, as the State races ahead in its preparedness to provide top-notch treatment to people infected with the novel coronavirus.