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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Health department on Monday directed all collectors, municipal commissioners, CDMOs and PHOs to reactivate government and private Covid facilities across the State.

“In view of the rapid surge of the Covid-19 cases in the state, you are requested to remain in readiness to accommodate the new cases and activate the earlier used Government and Private Covid facilities in a phased manner as and when required,” additional chief secretary of health department Pradipta Mohapatra stated in a letter.

Mohapatra said the health facilities shall be activated in a phase wise manner with an increment of 50 beds at a time when needed and added that the number of ICU shall be 20% of general beds and availability of ventilators shall be at least 50% of all lCUs.

In big facilities having more than 100 beds, shall preferably have facilities for surgery (all type), maternity care, NICU and dialysis, Mohapatra said.

Moreover, all the private hospitals under Odisha Clinical Establishment Act having 30 beds or more have been asked to keep at least 10% of available beds (General bed & ICU) reserved for Covid patients. They shall increase the facility up to 80 % of available General beds and ICUs in a phase wise manner as per the rise in incidence of Covid patients.

“On activation of any Covid facility intimation shall be made to Government for obtaining post facto approval for the same. For Private Covid facilities negotiation shall be made with the earlier funding parties for reimbursement and an appropriate agreement (tripartite/bipartite) shall be signed indicating the date of functioning, number of beds, and approved rates,” the ACS said.

He said the rental charges and consumables cost for different beds like General bed/ ICU/ NICU/ Ventilators/ OT/ Labour table/ Dialysis will be as approved earlier.

“Manpower proportionate to the bed occupancy shall be engaged in Govt. Covid facilities for management of patients. The norm for engagement of manpower shall be as per Govt. A Dedicated helpdesk shall be set up as per the guidelines. This may be treated as most urgent,” the letter read.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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