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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The entire team of Odisha government’s think tank is now focusing on containing the Coronavirus outbreak before it takes the shape of an epidemic in the State. Though the number of confirmed cases of COVID19 is under control, it is suspected that the curve of affected people might go up in coming days, said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister, Ranendra Pratap Swain.

In a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Swain today urged the former to set up a dedicated Covid-19 hospital to tackle any emergency situation in the State.

According to Swain, the State’s present health care system might find it hard to cope with the rush of patients and it might be tough to provide adequate facilities like ICU to critical patients in the State. Under such circumstances, there is a need for a dedicated COVID-19 hospital.

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He further stated that several State governments are now hunting for such facilities including new housing projects which can be converted into temporary hospitals.

“There is a dormant hospital near May Fair convention hotel at Jaydev Vihar area in Bhubaneswar. Being a multi-storied building, it is under lockdown due to non-payment of loans to the bank,” Swain wrote in his letter to CM.

The minister further stated that the dormant hospital is now owned by a public sector bank and the bank authorities can be persuaded to release the facility for use in this crisis situation.

“As the hospital was a 60-bedded one, it can be turned into a full-fledged Covid hospital with minimum efforts within seven to ten days. This proposed facility can cater to the Covid patients from the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar as well as from other nearby areas within a radius of 60 kms,” Swain said.

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Swain further wrote, “If such steps have already been taken, this proposal can be explored immediately which can save precious lives and set examples for others to follow.”

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