Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated two more COVID Hospitals having ICUs in Berhampur in Ganjam district.
The hospitals are equipped with 150-bed strength each and 24 ICUs each with ventilators. These facilities will provide critical care for patients from the district within the district itself.
The Chief Minister said such facilities will strengthen the efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in Ganjam district. Patnaik thanked the COVID warriors for their cooperation and support to the efforts of the government in fighting the pandemic.
Patnaik said over 85 percent of rural Ganjam is in the green zone and the recovery rate in Ganjam is much higher than the national average.
The Chief Minister said his government is leaving no stone unturned in fighting this pandemic and saving lives. He assured the people that the State Government started plasma therapy for containing coronavirus.
Patnaik said as long as there is no vaccine or treatment for the dreaded disease, the only way to effectively fight this pandemic is by wearing masks and following social distance norms.
Speaking on the occasion, OLA Speaker Surya Narayan Patra stressed adherence to social distancing guidelines. Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said hoped that two hospitals will be helpful for containing the upsurge in coronavirus.
The programme was attended by Berhampur MP Chandrasekhar Sahu and Berhampur MLA Bikram Panda. The district collector delivered the welcome address.
Senior officials from CMO including Chief Advisor, 5T Secretary, Development Commissioner and Special Relief Commissioner also attended the programme.
The AMIT Hospital at Galanthara has 150 beds with 24 ICU beds. The other 150-bed facility is at MKCG hospital in Berhampur has also 24 ICU beds. The Tata COVID hospital at Shitalapalli in Berhampur is already functional.