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Odisha Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 20.64 crore for new COVID hospitals in Khurda and Cuttack

Bhubaneswar21/7/20:: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sanctioned Rs 20.64 crore from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) for running new Dedicated COVID hospitals and COVID Care Centres for next three months in Khurda and Cuttack districts.

The Chief Minister today reviewed the COVID situation and management in Cuttack and Khurda district and made a slew of announcements.

The Odisha CM said: ” More than One lakh people have returned back from outside the State in the two districts of Khordha and Cuttack. In spite of the large influx of migrants, the situation is under control with recovery rate of 70% in Khordha and 71% in Cuttack, which is much above the National average of 63%.

The Chief Minister appreciated the teams in both these districts for achieving higher COVID-19 recovery rates and sanctioned Rs 15 crores each for Khurda and Cuttack districts to strengthen the COVID management.

Bhubaneswar/ Khordha district: 

  • 150-bed (including 30 bed ICU) Dedicated COVID Hospital by Aditya Ashwini Hospital.
  • Dedicated COVID Hospital in Nilanchal Hospital with 126 beds and 15 ICU beds to be operational this week
  • With active partnership of Hon’ble MLAs, community, religious organisations, resident welfare associations and NGOs, and Corporates, I am happy to know that 1385 beds in Covid Care Homes will be established soon. I hope this will inspire more such organisations to come forward to join the fight against COVID.
  • Rs 15 crores Khordha District from Chief Minister Relief Fund.
  • Special focus on the slum areas to contain the spread of the virus. The Slum committees have been working well. BMC will appreciate and incentivise the good work done by the slum committees

Cuttack District: 

  • The health infrastructure in the district is being expanded to take care of the increasing number of cases.925 additional beds in COVID hospitals and COVID Care Centres are being established in Cuttack district.
  • Rs 15 crores to Cuttack district from Chief Minister Relief Fund.
  • Special focus on the congested areas in Cuttack city through active involvement of Puja committees and Sahi Committees.
  • Training and information centre Covid-19 at SCB Medical College to be operational soon.
  • Upgradation of the Molecular Genome Lab in SCB, Cuttack for viral and human host genome sequencing to predict the prognosis of Covid-19 patients.

The Chief Minister also announced enhancement of the retirement age in case of Medical Officers of OHMS cadre as well as the Allopathic Insurance Medical Officers under L & ESI Department from 62 years to 65 years.

The Odisha CM further appealed to all the community organisations and Corporates to set up COVID Care Homes and COVID Care Centres and join the fight against Covid-19.

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