Odisha Government To Set Up 2000 Isolation Beds

With growing tensions about the spread of the COVID-19, the Odisha government has planned to step up the existing infrastructure by creating 2000 isolation beds. The dedicated care units would be set up at prime locations and will be operational in about 10 days.

These care units will be set up at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, Capital Hospital, and Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR). Meanwhile, private hospitals have also been roped in to add more bed strength. Along with this, the health infrastructure in all the seven medical college hospitals and select district headquarters hospitals is also being updated to deal with the crisis.

Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain has suggested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to also utilize the Swarna Hospital Pvt Ltd at Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar. The hospital was shut down due to non-payment of loans and at this moment of crisis, the bank can be persuaded to help.

“A team of health and administrative officials has visited SVNIRTAR, where at least a 100-bed unit can be set up. AIIMS has been asked to be ready with at least 200 beds. We are also exploring other options for augmenting treatment facilities in the city”, said an official.

Notably, it has also been decided to add temporary health camps and other medical facilities at the panchayat level.

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