CM asks Health dept to increase ICU beds in Khurda and Cuttack
Bhubaneswar: With surge in coronavirus cases in Khurda and Cuttack districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed the authorities to increase the number of ICU beds in COVID-19 facilities and engage more ambulances in the two districts. Naveen issued the direction while undertaking a weekly review of the pandemic situation in the State through video-conference.
Apart from augmenting health infrastructure, the Chief Minister stressed on the awareness creation among the people and strict enforcement of guidelines in the two districts to check the rising positive cases.
The Chief Minister congratulated doctors and health workers for recovery of over one lakh COVID-19 patients in the State and expressed hope that the situation will improve next week.
Naveen, however, expressed concern over gross violation of COVID-19 guidelines as a section of people still do not wear face masks and maintain social distance at public places. Noting that roadside small shop owners and street vendors are found not adhering to the guidelines, Naveen asked the Health department and local civic body authorities to ensure that people adhere to the guidelines.
“The negligence and carelessness of a section of people help spread of the disease. This should not be tolerated,” the Chief Minister said. As reports of decline in infection are coming from different districts, Naveen said the local district authorities can take the decision to close down TMC (temporary medical camp), and COVID Care Centre in their respective areas considering the situation.
Naveen also asked the Health department to ensure that the private hospitals reserve beds and ICUs for COVID-19 patients, improve the services and track the treatment of patients in home isolation.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Bhubaneswar increased to 14,492 of which 5,077 are active cases. The city has reported 52 deaths of the State’s total fatality figure of 580 so far.
Naveen also cited instances of how the COVID-19 situation improved in Ganjam, Sundargarh, Gajapati and Koraput districts and advised the Collectors of Jajpur, Bargarh, Khurda and Cuttack districts along with the Municipal Administration of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar to follow Berhampur model in COVID containment measures.