Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: Cancer patients in Odisha are now left on the mercy of God as the state's only government cancer hospital -Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) in Cuttack has reportedly stopped admitting patients amid rise in COVID19 infection.

As per Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), out of the total 248 COVID- 19 cases that were reported in Cuttack city till yesterday, 120 were reported from single source, AHRCC.

Several crucial departments of AHRCC including surgery, chemotherapy, emergency, ICU and pain and palliative care have now been closed. While no new admission is being done, patients are reportedly asked to return after being prescribed medicines.

Ghasi Dalai, an elderly woman from Puri district was shocked to find AHRCC shut down. She had come to the hospital to seek medical assistance for her husband who recently underwent a cancer surgery. “Where will I go as the AHRCC did not admit my husband and told us to visit again after he recovers from jaundice? My son is not mentally stable and it is not possible for me to move places with my husband,” said Dalai.

Sanjulata Mallick, another cancer patient from Baradia village in Mahanga block of Cuttack district is too facing a lot of difficulties in getting medical help. Sajulata, who is suffering from oral cancer, was scheduled to undergo chemotherapy at AHRCC today.

“What will I do as the OPD is closed at AHRCC,” said Sanjulata.

Over 2,000 antigen kits were supplied to SCB Medical and AHRCC and directives were issued to admit only COVID-19 negative-patients.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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