Cuttack: Another dedicated COVID-19 hospital will be made operational in Cuttack in the next couple of days to further bolster the health infrastructure in the district, informed Cuttack Collector, Bhabani Shankar Chayani on Tuesday.
After a high-level review meeting chaired by the Cuttack district COVID observer, Saurabh Garg, the district Collector informed that the dedicated COVID hospital will have 150 beds and a provision for 20 ICUs.
“The overall COVID-19 situation is better than last week. Earlier, we had only one dedicated COVID hospital, but now the Odisha government has given approval for another COVID hospital which will be made operational soon,” said Chayani.
Garg informed that around 3,800 COVID-19 tests are being conducted daily and it will be scaled up to 4,000 tests per day.
“There is 50 % occupancy in COVID Care Centres and we are now focusing on home isolation both in municipal corporation limits and rural pockets,” said Garg.
Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioner, Ananya Das said the focus is now on cluster-based testing mostly in slums of the city.
“We are sending mobile sampling teams to slums and other parts of the city and for this we have been able to detect 30 to 40 COVID-19 positive cases from Nimba Sahi area which has now been declared as a containment zone,” said Das.
(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)