Bhubaneswar:21/9/20: At a time when Odisha is reporting a record number of 4000-plus COVID cases almost every day now, allegations have poured in from all parts of the State that the health infrastructure is undergoing a major crisis due to lack of hospital beds. Precisely, patients in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have also been alleging that there is a shortage of beds in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and general wards.
The situation is such that a large number of COVID patients are being referred to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack hospitals, which allegedly has led to mismanagement at the facilities here.
Amid such concerns, the State Health Department has reportedly come up with a clarification on shortage of beds at the hospitals.
As per data provided by the government, around 46 percent of total ventilator-beds in hospitals across the State are filled up, while only 48% of ICU beds, and 56% general beds have been occupied as of now.
In Bhubaneswar hospitals, 78% general beds are occupied which means still 22% general beds are vacant for the patients. Apart from this, 42% ventilators and 51% ICU beds are vacant in the capital city. There are 39% general beds, 15% ventilators, and 45% ICU beds vacant in Cuttack, stated government data.