Suryakant Jena

Puri: A special Covid hospital will be established soon under PPP mode in Puri, informed the district collector Samarth Verma.

“Apart from the present 145 bedded hospital for treatment of Covid patients, we are preparing to set up another special Covid hospital in partnership with the SUM Hospital which will have 20 ICU, 40 high dependency units, and 90 other general oxygen beds,” Collector Verma informed.

He also admitted that RT PCR testing in the district has come to a grinding halt due to glitches in testing centre since April 23.

However, the collector mentioned that the number of rapid antigen tests have been augmented. He further informed that people having severe symtoms are being admitted to hospitals for appropriate treatment.

“The officials at the RTPCR testing centre were unable to maintain the negative pressure condition at its lab facility leading to a halt in the sample testing for the past few days. But a technical team of RMRC, Bhubaneswar in working to fix the problem. We expect the unit to become functional within a day or two,” said Verma.