Bhubaneswar: Ramping up its preparedness to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the State, Odisha government today informed that COVID-19 hospitals will be established in all the districts across the State.
Informing about the decision of the government, Odisha Health Minister Naba Das said that his department now gearing itself for establishment of the COVID-19 hospitals following the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
"We will soon establish COVID-19 hospitals across the State on a pilot basis with the help of private hospitals," said Das appealing people to help the State contain coronavirus spread by staying at home and strictly following the lockdown guidelines.
Besides, Das held a meeting with the authorities of some private hospitals at the Jharsuguda collectorate for the establishment a special hospital in the district.
Das further informed that the Union Health Ministry has given permission for opening of COVID-19 testing centres at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Odisha government has also demanded more testing centres at different private and government hospitals in the State, he added.
With the new centre to test samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 at SCB, the number of such testing facilities in the State has increased to three. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had earlier approved the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) and AIIMS in Bhubaneswar for COVID-19 tests.
On the other hand, the concerned State government authorities have reportedly spoken to Union Health Ministry and demanded for PPE, which includes disposable clothing, boots, masks and gloves, for health workers.
Meanwhile, Odisha government has ratcheted up its efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic by adopting a zero tolerance towards lockdown violations and sealing the inter-state borders.
Odisha has deployed 162 platoons of police force, over 700 additional Sub-Inspectors and over 1,000 vehicles are being used for enforcement of the lockdown. And so far, around 1,500 cases have been registered for violation of the lockdown norms in the State.