Bhubaneswar:29/6/21: The battle against Covid-19 is a social responsibility. The society, corporate sector, PSUs, State, and Central Governments will need to come together to successfully combat the pandemic, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The CM inaugurated a 100-bedded hospital in Deogarh in association with Vedanta Group today. On the occasion, Naveen said, we all need to fight Covid at our own levels.
The new Covid facility in Deogarh will have 100 beds with dedicated ward for children, 12 ICU, and 32 HDU beds. Besides, it will be equipped with all modern facilities and medication for Covid treatment.
At present, a 140-bedded Covid hospital is operational in Deogarh. CM said the second wave is not yet over and the experts have warned of the third wave. “We are prepared to meet the challenges of a possible third wave. Efforts are on to strengthen the liquid medical oxygen infrastructure across Odisha.”
The CM thanked Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal for his efforts to set up the Covid hospital in Deogarh. Naveen concluded by saying, “Vaccination will protect us from Covid, self-protection like mask and social distance is the first line of defence. We all must remember this.”
On the occasion, Union Minister of Petroleum and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan said with the efforts of all stakeholders, Covid situation in Odisha has improved. He supported the demand for another Covid hospital at Sambalpur. The Union Minister praised Odisha’s efforts towards vaccination and said if things run at this pace, by the next 7 to 8 months everyone in Odisha will be vaccinated.
Agarwal said, “Odisha stands first in Covid management in the country. I thank the Chief Minister for his efforts towards this. Vedanta Group is always ready to support the State Government in such activities like vaccination and Covid management.”
MP Nitish Gangadeb, MLA Subash Panigrahi also spoke on the occasion. Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian coordinated the programme. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Development Commissioner PK Jena, and ACS Health PK Mohapatra were also present.