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Government of odisha health Dept Clarifies On Shortage Of Beds For Covid-19 Patients

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.

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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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