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No crisis of beds at several designated Covid Care Centres and Hospitals

Bhubaneswar:18/4/21; Amid the growing concern for healthcare infrastructure with the steep rise in Covid-19 cases since the last 20 days in Odisha, the Director of Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra said that there is no crisis of beds at several designated Covid Care Centres and Hospitals.

“All district Collectors have been directed to increase the number of beds four to five times more than the last year at several designated Covid hospitals, district hospitals, and medical college hospitals in their jurisdiction,” said Mishra.

However, Intensive Care Units (ICUs) will be increased around two times as the setup required to add ICU beds will be a difficult task as it needs time, added Mishra.

Four categories of beds are required to treat Covid inflicted patients which include- Common beds, oxygen support beds, ICU beds and ICU bed with ventilators. On an average, 6 percent ICU beds are needed for per 100 beds. Keeping in view the prevailing situation, the concerned authorities have decided to keep the oxygen support beds or High-Dependency Unit (HDU) higher so that the patients who only need oxygen support will not be taken to ICU instead critical patients will be admitted to ICUs. This will ease the pressure on intensive care units, stated the State Public Health Director.

Those who are discharged from ICUs can be kept in HDU. This will maintain the balance between ICU and HDU. However, this will be done in phased manner and depending on the requirement. Besides, the private hospitals will also be negotiated in this regard, he further said.

Out of 248 ventilator beds, 45 beds were occupied till Saturday. Similarly, 329 ICU beds have been occupied out of 541 ICU beds in the State. Therefore, there is no crisis of hospital beds in the State till date, assured Mishra adding more than 400 ventilators have also been kept ready and will be engaged if the need arises.

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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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