Union Petroleum Minister inaugurates 100-bed ICU ventilator facilities at VMSH in Bargarh

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Indian Oil Corporation Limited in association with Dasari Veer Raju & Gunnam Ram Chandra Rao Memorial Trust, augmented 100-Bed ICU Ventilator facilities at Vikash Multi-Specialty Hospital (VMSH) at a total cost of Rs 11.5 Crore in Bargarh district of Odisha. Under this project, 70 numbers ventilators, 50 numbers monitors and 200 numbers syringe pumps are being provided by IndianOil for establishing the ICU ventilator facilities aimed at treating critical COVID-19 patients in Western Odisha.

Today, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Steel, inaugurated the facilities at Bargarh virtually. On this inaugural function, Pradhan thanked IndianOil for this noble cause of providing 70 ICU ventilator facilities for COVID 19 patients in Vikash Muti Speciality Hospital at Bargarh.

He said, while fast spreading of infections of COVID-19 in 10 districts of Western Odisha i.e. Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Sonepur, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Boudh, Deogarh and Sundergarh, this ICU ventilator facilities at Bargarh will definitely be very helpful for patients. Corporates are working earnestly to meet the nation’s Liquid Medical Oxygen requirements in this hour of need. PSUs of MoPNG are stepping up to serve the national priority  of strengthening providing such medical equipments and facilities to increase the Testing , Vaccinating  ventilators, availability of oxygen, bed with ICU etc. I am happy to know that Bargarh district has been included in vaccination process by the help of Corporates. I am hopeful that apart from the Govt’s initiative, the Corporates will definitely come forward for 1+1 vaccination i.e. while vaccinating their own employee they will help the needy persons for getting vaccination.

Our country is one of the worst hit countries with this pandemic which is exacting huge toll on individuals, families and communities across the states in the country. The second wave of Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to stay strong in India. As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through the country, Western Odisha too is entering the explosive phase with test positivity rate (TPR) shooting up. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in some districts of Western Odisha is alarmingly high. The number of patients requiring ICU Ventilators is rising sharply, which has strained existing critical care facilities. This CSR intervention by IndianOil will further supplement the efforts of government in providing timely treatment to COVID patients, thereby reducing mortality rate in the state of Odisha and particularly in Bargarh and surrounding districts in Western Odisha.

Mr. Suresh Pujari, MP, Lok Sabha, Bargarh, Mr. Prasanna Acharya, MP, Rajya Sabha, Mr. Sri Debesh Acharya, MLA, Bargarh , Smt Snehagini Chhuria, MLA, Attabira and Smt Rita Sahu, MLA, Bijepur, Smt Mukta Sahu, Zilla Parishad Chairman Bargarh and Mr. D Murali Krishnan Chairman Vikash Group were present in the inaugural function at Bargarh. Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Petroleum Secretary, Mr S. M. Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, Mr. V. Sanjay Kumar ED SERPL,IOCL, Mr. Subhajit Ghosh, SLC cum CGM cum State Head Odisha IOCL were also joined the inaugural function virtually.

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