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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik dedicated 9 ECMO machines at SCB MC&H, Cuttack

Cuttack:27/8/21:Further strengthening preparedness against COVID19 pandemic, CM Shri Naveen Patnaik dedicated 9 ECMO machines at SCB MC&H, Cuttack. It is the biggest ECMO Unit in Eastern India and the largest Govt facility in the country to provide expensive treatment free of cost.
CM informed that the critical Covid patients now do not have to go outside the state for the expensive treatment. CM added that it will reassure the patients and their family members about the advanced treatment and cost as well as save precious lives.

CM said that the memories of the second wave are painful but managed the situation well with advanced preparation. Citing the possibility of children getting more affected during the 3rd wave of the pandemic, CM urged everyone to remain alert and follow COVID19 protocol strictly.He added, “Highly qualified doctors and professionals have been engaged to operate these units. ECMO treatment is very expensive but the State government will make the treatment available free of cost. People will not have to bear any cost for this.”

“The memory of the second wave is very painful. Though lockdown restrictions have been eased, the danger still persists. We have to remain cautious to face the third wave,” said Odisha CM.

“According to experts, children are likely to be affected the most in the third wave. To protect children, we need to follow COVID-19 guidelines as strictly as possible. I request all to continue wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance,” Mr. Patnaik exhorted. a few months ago, Odisha did not have ECMO facility. Many critical COVID-19 patients had to be air-lifted to centres like Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata as a last ditched effort to save their lives.

Recently, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar procured two ECMO facilities. According to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar sources, the two ECMO facilities are functional, but not occupied. The facilities have adequate support staff.

The State government had assured that it is prepared to face a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has approved ₹790 crore as part of its preparedness plans.

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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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