Sambalpur: In view of the unprecedented second round surge of coronavirus infection in western Odisha, the State government on Wednesday decided to set up an additional Covid-19 specialty hospital at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla.
According to official sources, the second Covid-19 hospital at VIMSAR is likely to come up within 10 days. The new hospital at VIMSAR will have 300 beds out of which 250 will be of general category and 50 will be Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
“The hospital will be set up at the newly constructed medicine ward of VIMSAR,” informed the Chief Secretary of Odisha Suresh Chandra Mahapatra adding that 250 more beds will be added to the old Covid-19 hospital.
Meanwhile, Mohapatra reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh districts along with the Health Secretary and Director of Medical Education & Training (DMET).
“After reviewing the Covid-19 situations in three districts we have decided to set up the second hospital at VIMSAR within 10 days. We are trying to set up more than 525 beds in VIMSAR only,” said Mohapatra.
“In view of the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Chhattisgarh the State administration is alert and well prepared to meet any kind of eventualities. We are ensuring enough supply of medicines, Oxygen cylinders, PPE kits, equipment and masks to check the infection. We urge the people of the State to adhere to the Covid-19 norms including maintenance of social distancing and use of masks,” he said.