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Odisha 5T Secretary and Development Commissioner visited the districts of Kalahandi and Sambalpur

Kalahandi/Sambalpur:15/4/20: 5T Secretary VK Pandian and Development Commissioner Suresh Mahapatra today visited the districts of Kalahandi and Sambalpur to review the progress of alone COVID hospitals that are being set up by the state government.

The standalone Odisha COVID Hospital at Bhawanipatna will have 200 beds including 6 ICUs. It has been set up in the Government Engineering College. Today, it will start with 50 beds and within seven days it will have 200 beds. Similarly, the standalone Odisha COVID Hospital at Sambalpur will have 200 beds including 20 ICUs and it will function from the District Headquarter Hospital.

The senior officials of the State Government checked the manpower tie-up, medicines, ICU facility, isolation wards, etc and expressed satisfaction on the progress of work of the standalone COVID Hospitals.


Kalahandi, the SP was told to ensure that the Chhattisgarh border is strictly sealed. In Sambalpur, the DIG Sambalpur, Collector and SP were present. They discussed with the DIG about Law & Order in the police range. The DIG was told to ensure the smooth movement of agriculture produce in the agriculturally important districts of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, and Sonepur. The DIG was told to keep a watch on the communal situation.

Moreover, the senior bureaucrats also discussed with the Collectors about issues relating to the lockdown, facilitating the Agricultural and other activities exempted from the lockdown, ensuring that food is served to the destitute and helpless people in the Gram Panchayats and Urban areas and maintenance of social distance.

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