Odisha plans to set up country’s biggest Covid-19 hospitals
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has planned to set up two of the biggest Covid-19 hospitals which will have a combined capacity of 1,000 beds and will be functional within a fortnight.
Accordingly, the State Government on Thursday signed two tripartite agreements with SUM and KIMS Medical Colleges here to set up the 1,000-bed State level hospitals in Bhubaneswar for treatment of Covid-19 patients, said a statement.
The Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) will provide the CSR fundings for the project. Both the new facilities will be functional within a fortnight, the statement said.
The first MoU has been signed by Health Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, MD of OMC Vyneel Krishna and KIMS management to set up a 450-bed hospital.
The second MoU was signed by the Health Secretary, S S Panda of MCL and SUM management to set up a 500-bed hospital plus ICU facilities.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the partners and thanked OMC and MCL for coming forward and working in synergy in the interest of the people of the state.
Naveen has also directed to set up similar facilities for COVID-19 cases in other areas of the State.
According to official sources, the State Government feels that the facilities available in the State were inadequate to handle the highly infectious disease like COVID-19.
Even developed countries such as Italy and the US having matured healthcare systems, have found it difficult to respond to this unprecedented crisis.
The global experience shows that COVID-19 patients need to be put under observation and treated in separate hospitals instead of general hospitals in order to minimise the chance of transmission to others.
The State Government currently has provisions for suspected COVID-19 patients in all the State-run medical colleges and 30 district headquarters hospitals.
This apart, the State has also developed special quarantine facilities in more than 6,000 gram panchayats across the State.