Bhubaneswar: With the number of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases gradually rising in the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated Odisha’s third stand-alone COVID-19 hospital in Bhubaneswar through video conferencing.
The 520-bed will be managed by SUM Hospital. The hospital has been funded by Central PSU Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
Union Coals and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also graced the event via VC. The Chief Minister and the two Union Ministers also interacted with doctors and paramedics and appreciated their commitment in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The hospital will provide dedicated and free treatment along with free food and rent-free stay for all the COVID-19 cases in the State.
Earlier on April 2, two dedicated COVID-19 hospitals with a total capacity of 625 beds were also inaugurated in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The first hospital with 500 beds is at KIMS Bhubaneswar while the second with a capacity of 125 beds is at Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack. Both the hospitals have been funded by State PSU Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).