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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health Minister Naba Das on Monday informed the State Assembly that Rs 344.55 crore has been released to privately operated COVID hospitals in the State for treatment of patients.

Replying to a question posed by BJP MLA from Jashipur, Ganesh Ram Singh Khuntia in the Assembly, Das said a total of 33 private hospitals across Odisha which were given exclusive rights to treat COVID patients have claimed Rs 479.90 crore from the government as treatment expenses against which a sum of Rs 344.55 crore has been released till February 13, 2021.

Out of those, KIMS hospital in Bhubaneswar has claimed the highest amount (Rs 59.41 crore) against which Rs 38.40 crore has been released by the government.

Similarly, SUM hospital in the capital city has claimed Rs 58.59 crore against which Rs 28 crore has been paid by the government.

As far as Cuttack city is concerned, Ashwini hospital near Sati Chaura Square has claimed an expenditure of Rs 32.35 crore of while only Rs 27.6 crore has been released so far.

COVID expenditure details of some of the major hospitals -

Hospital Name                   Claimed Amount (Rs)      Released Amount (Rs)

NSCH, (MCL) Talcher          12,19,51,935                  8,18,72,525

Bolangir KISS Campus         16,39,62,500               Nil

Balasore Jyothi Hospital       6,95,10,000                 6,00,00,000

Baragarh MCH Building      7,92,44,232                   7,92,44,232

Bhadrak Salandi Hospital    1,63,48,994                   1,28,63,746

Cuttack GIMSAR                  1,23,32,616                    1,23,32,616

Cuttack Sadguru Hospital    7,54,22,435                   7,54,22,435

Cuttack Ashwini Hospital    32,35,83,556                 27,66,66,750

Cuttack Sun Hospital            7,30,85,938                   7,19,44,293

Cuttack South Point Hospital 8,44,43,817                 5,88,11,680

Cuttack Srusti Hospital         16,53,33,813                 11,78,60,141

There are 30 government run hospitals which were entrusted with COVID treatment as well. However, the data related to their expenses is being collected, said Das.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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