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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Cuttack: With the number of fresh Covid-19 infections steadily rising in the State, the SCB Medical College and Hospital in the Millenium City is in a state of preparedness.

The infrastructure created by the government-run medical college is in place and the hospital is gearing up to add more facilities and manpower in case of a surge.

“A special ward for Covid-19 has been set up on the fourth floor of the eye care department. While one part of the floor will be used for the treatment of the Covid-19 patients, the other part will be used as the isolation ward,” stated Emergency Officer Bhubanananda Moharana.

The premier government medical college and hospital in the State had set up exclusive Covid-19 facilities last year. As the number of fresh cases started to decline, the hospital resumed its regular activities and reduced the number of beds for Covid-19 patients.

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“The hospital’s current Covid-19 bed strength is 75 including 23 ICU beds. We will increase their numbers as and when required,” said Moharana.

In the last few days, the number of cases had been rising in Odisha. However, hospital authorities said the treatment facilities are intact.

“Last year the number of Covid-19 beds had been increased to 500. We are keeping a strict vigil on the situation. If the number of prevailing positive cases continues to rise we will restore the earlier facilities,” said Moharana adding that people should be conscious about the behaviour of the virus to keep it at bay.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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