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  • The teams will visit the hospitals and verify the extent of treatment required and health status of patients admitted in ICUs

  • 3 teams have been formed for Bhubaneswar while one team comprising two doctors have been constituted for Cuttack

Cuttack: With Odisha swiftly running out of its critical healthcare resources for the treatment of patients as Covid cases continue to rise, the State Government on Saturday constituted 4 special teams for thorough verification of ICU wards in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, two of the highest Covid hit regions. 

The SCB Medical College on Saturday formed the 3 teams for Bhubaneswar, each comprising two doctors and one other team with two members to conduct inspection at Covid hospitals in Cuttack.

Sources said the teams will visit the hospitals everyday and verify the extent of treatment required and health status of patients admitted in ICUs.

Patients having no requirement of critical support would be shifted to other wards so that other needy patients can be allotted the beds. 

The government's decision comes in the backdrop of several reports claiming patients unnecessarily occupying ICU beds at various hospitals while many people who are in dire need of the critical life support are denied the facility. 

As per Odisha Government sources, around 21 per cent of the ICU beds are vacant in the State which means the high active caseload and report of thousands of new cases are well on course to overwhelm the health infrastructure in the State. 

However, the government claims that it is ready to face all eventualities and save lives of the public from the pandemic.
Anesthesiologist Arun Kumar Sahu and Medicine Specialist Pranay Kumar Patro have been roped in for the inspection exercise in Cuttack.

Similarly, doctors Kamalakant Pradhan, Rabindra Kumar Kisku, Kamala Kanta Swain, Dipti Ranjan Darji, Avijeet Swain and Sridhar Panda have been divided into 3 groups for Bhubaneswar.