Odisha CM directs strict action against overcharging private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment


Bhubaneswar, May 11: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed concerned officials to take strict action against private hospitals if they charge beyond the celling fixed by the State Government while treating COVID-19 patients.

The Chief Minister was reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the State this evening.

He directed the Chief Secretary, DG of Police,
Senior Officials, Collectors and SPs to keep a close watch on private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

“Keep a close watch on private hospitals treating covid patients. They must charge within the ceiling fixed by Government. In case of any lapses, strict action should be taken against the hospital┬ámanagement,” directed the CM.

He directed officials to monitor the fire safety and medical oxygen logistics arrangements round the clock.

“Fire safety and medical oxygen logistics should be a top priority for district teams. This should be monitored round the clock,” said the Chief Minister.

He also directed to take direct feedback from doctors who are manning the ICUs and HDUs and act on their suggestions.

Maintaining that vaccination programme will be a top priority and fool proof arrangements should be made, Patnaik asked officials to take care of elderly, women and other vulnerable sections in the vaccination drive.

“We are trying our best to mobilse adequate vaccines at the earliest possible time,” said Patnaik. He also advised to strengthen the helplines in Covid hospitals to inform families of the patient status regularly.T

The Chief Minister further directed the Collectors and SPs to use CMRF funds to help people in distress during this difficult time.

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