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Odisha has planned the biggest COVID hospitals in the country

Bhubaneswar: 26/3/20:Following Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s direction to provide state-of-the-art facilities to COVID-19 patients, Odisha has planned the biggest COVID hospitals in the country.

Accordingly, the State Government has signed two tripartite agreements with SUM and KIIMS Medical Colleges today at Loka Seva Bhawan to set up 1000 bedded state level hospitals in Bhubaneswar for treatment of COVID-19 patients.  These hospitals will be the state facility for COVID-19 treatment.  OMC and MCL will provide CSR funding for the purpose.  Both the new facilities will be functional in a fortnight.


The first MoU signed by the Government of Odisha represented by Health Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, MD of OMC Vyneel Krishna and KIIMS Management to set up a 450 bedded hospital. The second MoU was signed by Health Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, S.S. Panda of MCL and SUM Hospital Management to set up a 500 bedded hospital plus ICU facilities.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated the partners and thanked the Corporates- OMC and MCL for coming forward and working in synergy in the interest of the people of the State.The State Government has taken this unique initiative to respond to this extraordinary challenge.  The Chief Minister has also directed to set up similar facilities for COVID-19 cases in other areas of the State. Among others, MP Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Chief Secretary, Advisor to CMO, OMC Chairman, Secretary to CM (5T), VC of SOA University were also present.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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