Bhubaneswar: Five more Government standalone Covid-19 hospitals were opened in the State on Monday. With this, the State’s dedicated Covid hospitals are now functional in 26 districts with a bed capacity of 5,000.
The five hospitals have come up in Sundargarh, Bargarh, Angul, Jagatsinghpur and Nabarangpur, and have a bed-strength of 825.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacted with the doctors and health workers during the opening of these hospitals. Union Steel, Petroleum, Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Coal, Mining, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, and Odisha Health Minister Naba Das joined in the programme through video conference also.
These Covid 19 hospitals are being set up to strengthen State’s preparedness in the fight against Covid 19. The Chief Minister has directed authorities to open at least one dedicated Covid hospitals in all the 30 districts.
The Government Covid hospitals will provide specialised treatment to the patients free of cost.
The Chief Minister thanked the Government of India PSUs – NTPC, MCL, IOCL, PPT and Nalco for the support to these hospitals.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan appreciated the efforts made by Odisha Government in the fight against Covid.
“Odisha is a leading State in the fight against Covid and has put in place a robust health mechanism. He expressed confidence that Odisha will be highly successful in containing Covid.
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi expressed hope that Odisha and India will certainly come out of the crisis soon. He informed that the Nalco and MCL employees have contributed Rs 2.5 crore to the Odisha CMRF.
While 150 bedded Covid Hospital at Angul will be managed by SUM Hospital Bhubaneswar and supported by MCL, the 200 bedded Covid hospital at Bargarh will be managed by Vikash Multispecialty hospital and supported by IOCL. The 200 beded Covid hospital at Sundergarh will be managed by District administration through DMF and with support of NTPC.
The 75 bedded Covid Hospital at Paradip will be managed by the district administration with support from the Odisha Government and Paradip Port Trust (PPT). The 200 bedded Covid health care centre at Nabarangpur will be managed by district administration and Christian hospital with the support of Nalco.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra and Health Secretary Gagan Dhal were also present.