Mrunal Manmay Dash

Cuttack: Elaborate plans are being drawn by Cuttack administration to upgrade healthcare facilities in the district to deal with any situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cuttack district Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani informed that SCB Medical College and Hospital will be the nodal centre for treatment and management of COVID19 cases. A provision for nearly 2,000 beds are being made at SCB and other hospitals managed by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).

Currently, SCB Medical College and Hospital has reserved 500 beds reserved for Coronavirus patients and the administration plans to upgrade the capacity to 700 beds soon.

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“SCB hospital will be converted into the nodal centre to monitor Covid-19 cases in the district. We are also planning to rope in other hospitals as part of our strategy to keep facilities ready,” said Chayani.

As per the directions of State government, we are reviewing the requirements to upgrade the hospitals right now. There is also provision for outsourcing and procurement of essential equipment from the local markets as well, Chayani informed.The Cuttack district administration has already written to some of the private hospitals in the district to reserve at least 40% of their beds for coronavirus-infected patients.

The district administration is contemplating to convert some hospitals into corona care units in the coming days. “The nursing hostel inside the SCB hospital campus can also be turned into a full-fledged corona care ward if Covid19 cases rise in the state," Chayani added.

Meanwhile, an agreement was signed between Odisha government, corporates and two medical colleges of Bhubaneswar on Thursday to set up 1000-bedded COVID 19 facilities.

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The two new facilities at SUM and KIIMS medical colleges in Bhubaneswar which would be operational in a fortnight will help in preventing transmission of the disease to others. As per the agreement, SUM Hospital will set up a 500 bedded exclusive Covid-19 facility with 20 ICUs and KIMS Medical College would be setting up a 450-bedded hospital.