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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With COVID-19 cases exploding in Bhubaneswar, the focus of administration is now on augmenting resources to deal with the emergency situation. A total of 850 additional beds including 31 ICU beds for COVID care will come up at various dedicated hospitals within the jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) soon.

Bhubaneswar witnessed a steep rise in COVID-19 cases with as many as 248 persons testing positive for the virus on Friday. Of the total new cases, 207 were detected from quarantine centres while 41 local contact cases.

As per an official statement, BMC has taken concrete steps to increase the bed capacity for ensuring better and efficient treatment of COVID-19 cases.

While the High-Tech Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with BMC will come up with a 550-beded exclusive facility for COVID care, Chandrasekharpur-based Aditya Ashwini Hospital is creating a facility for 150 beds exclusively for the treatment of the COVID-19 patients.

“As the intensive care facility is a critical component of the COVID management process, out of these 150 beds at the Aditya Ashwini Hospital, 31 will be of ICU facility. Both the hospitals have come up with these COVID treatment facilities on a public-private partnership (PPP) mode,” the statement read.

Apart from 850 additional beds, three dedicated COVID Care Homes (CCH) with 50 beds each will also be set up within the three administrative zones of BMC. The CCHs will set up from MLA Local Area Development Fund of the respective MLAs in the concerned zones.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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