The Second largest COVID hospital of India opens in Odisha.

A 500-bedded COVID hospital, in Odisha, stood ready on Monday to function. It is the second-largest COVID

A 500-bedded COVID hospital, in Odisha, stood ready on Monday to function. It is the second-largest COVID hospital in India. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik opened the Hospital today. Thus the number of such facilities became 7 in the state.

The system stood up in seven days in the SUM-hospital in Bhubaneswar, has total financial support from Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd (MCL). Union Minister for Coal and Mines Prahalad Joshi, who also attended the Hospital’s opening programme, said that MCL had released Rs 7.81 crore as an advance for the project. MCL would finance all expenses of the COVID-19 hospital including the treatment of the patients, he said.

With the inception of the SUM -COVID-19 hospital, Odisha has 1547 COVID beds available at present in 7 hospitals. As per government information, Aswini Hospital Cuttack has 150 beds. While Tata Hospital, Duburi has also 150 beds. There are 50 beds in Tata’s another hospital at Joda in Keonjhar. High-tech Medical College, Rourkela has also a 200-bedded COVID-19 facility. Besides, IDH Puri can accommodate 40 COVID patients. The two big COVID hospitals- SUM and KIMS- have facilities for 500 and 457 COVID patients respectively.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has a key role in realizing the SUM-COVID19 project, to which Odisha CM Naveen Pattnaik acknowledged. As about Mr. Pradhan, he is the central appointee to look after the COVID menace in Odisha.

Mr. Pattnaik tweets, Thank you Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhanji for your cooperation and support in the initiative of Odisha to fight COVID 19.

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As COVID-19 positive cases are picking up in Odisha with every passing day, the state government is preparing to increase the COVID19 bed capacity the state to 3000,  besides,  the daily sample test to 1000 by April 10. In this regard, MKCG, Berhampur, and VIMSAR Burla are the two aspiring institutes to join with ICMR Bhubaneswar, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, and SCB Cuttack.

As per the latest official information, Odisha is considering about 250 samples a day in its three centers. Thus the total sample tests to date count 2190 catching 40 COVID positives. However, two patients have recovered, so there are 38 active COVID cases in Odisha.



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