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Odisha government to increase public health facilities for COVID – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: After spending hundreds of crores on facilities developed in partnership with private hospitals for COVID care over the past two years, the government of Odisha has finally decided to strengthen public health facilities for COVID treatment.

In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections and the non-functioning of the dedicated private COVID hospital (DCH) at the district level, the state government has decided to increase the facilities of the headquarters hospitals. District (DHH) and Medical Colleges and Hospitals (MCH).

As decided at a high-level meeting, each DHH and MCH will have a DCH facility with general oxygen beds, an intensive care unit (ICU) and a high dependency unit (HDU). While SCB MCH at Cuttack, MKCG MCH at Berhampur and VIMSAR at Burla will have 40 beds including ICU, HDU, OT and labor ward, other MCHs will have 20 beds with intensive care facilities. All DHH will have 20 beds including ICU/HDU and 20 beds including five ICU/HDU will be considered as one unit.

Initially, each public hospital will have a one-unit facility that can be expanded or increased by adding an additional unit when 50 percent (pc) of the available beds are occupied. When the number of patients admitted is less than 10, the facility will be managed by internal MCH or DHP staff.

For proper management of the DCHs, the CDMOs and MCH Superintendents have been authorized to recruit additional staff. As decided, a doctor and two nurses will be recruited per post for 20 beds in addition to a pharmacist and a laboratory technician per post for 100 beds.

In addition, one nurse in a ratio of 1:3 for ICU, one per shift for OT and labor room will be recruited.

The medical schools will each receive a transport vehicle, while the DHH will receive transport vehicles depending on the number of cases. Municipal corporations will have corpse carriers.
Likewise, dedicated ambulances will be provided to SCB MCH, MKCG MCH, VIMSAR, Capital Hospital and all municipal corporations.

Director of Health Services, Dr. Bijay Mohapatra said that except for SUM COVID Hospital where 90 beds have been prepared, private DCHs may not be needed now as the number of hospitalized patients is very high. weak. Only about one percent of the total number of active cases are in hospital isolation, he added.

New cases of coronavirus continued to surface in the state. However, the number of daily infections fell slightly, with 816 people testing positive in the past 24 hours, compared to 876 cases the day before.
The cases included 118 children in the 0-18 age group.

However, the daily test positivity rate increased slightly from 4.49% to 4.59%, with 17,787 samples taken for testing in the past 24 hours, compared to 19,409 samples the day before.

One death from COVID has also been reported in the past 24 hours. Health officials said a 44-year-old woman from Puri with chronic liver disease and a peptic ulcer has succumbed to COVID. The death raised the state’s COVID toll to 9,129.

BHUBANESWAR: After spending hundreds of crores on facilities developed in partnership with private hospitals for COVID care over the past two years, the government of Odisha has finally decided to strengthen public health facilities for COVID treatment. In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections and the non-functioning of the dedicated private COVID hospital (DCH) at the district level, the state government has decided to increase the facilities of the headquarters hospitals. District (DHH) and Medical Colleges and Hospitals (MCH). As decided at a high-level meeting, each DHH and MCH will have a DCH facility with general oxygen beds, an intensive care unit (ICU) and a high dependency unit (HDU). While SCB MCH at Cuttack, MKCG MCH at Berhampur and VIMSAR at Burla will have 40 beds including ICU, HDU, OT and labor ward, other MCHs will have 20 beds with intensive care facilities. All DHH will have 20 beds including ICU/HDU and 20 beds including five ICU/HDU will be considered as one unit. Initially, each public hospital will have a one-unit facility that can be expanded or increased by adding an additional unit when 50 percent (pc) of the available beds are occupied. When the number of patients admitted is less than 10, the facility will be managed by internal MCH or DHP staff. For proper management of the DCHs, the CDMOs and MCH Superintendents have been authorized to recruit additional staff. As decided, a doctor and two nurses will be recruited per post for 20 beds in addition to a pharmacist and a laboratory technician per post for 100 beds. In addition, one nurse in a ratio of 1:3 for ICU, one per shift for OT and labor room will be recruited. The medical schools will each receive a transport vehicle, while the DHH will receive transport vehicles depending on the number of cases. Municipal corporations will have corpse carriers. Likewise, dedicated ambulances will be provided to SCB MCH, MKCG MCH, VIMSAR, Capital Hospital and all municipal corporations. Director of Health Services, Dr. Bijay Mohapatra said that except for SUM COVID Hospital where 90 beds have been prepared, private DCHs may not be needed now as the number of hospitalized patients is very high. weak. Only about one percent of the total number of active cases are in hospital isolation, he added. New cases of coronavirus continued to surface in the state. However, the number of daily infections fell slightly, with 816 people testing positive in the past 24 hours, compared to 876 cases the day before. The cases included 118 children in the 0-18 age group. However, the daily test positivity rate increased slightly from 4.49% to 4.59%, with 17,787 samples taken for testing in the past 24 hours, compared to 19,409 samples the day before. One death from COVID has also been reported in the past 24 hours. Health officials said a 44-year-old woman from Puri with chronic liver disease and a peptic ulcer has succumbed to COVID. The death raised the state’s COVID toll to 9,129.

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