Odisha plans to increase beds in COVID hospitals by 4 to 5 fold: Official

PTI | Bhubaneswar | Updated: 19-04-2021 00:02 IST | Created: 18-04-2021 23:31 IST
Odisha plans to increase beds in COVID hospitals by 4 to 5 fold: Official
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

The Odisha government on Sunday decided to increase the number of beds by four to five times in COVID hospitals in view of spiralling coronavirus cases in the state and formed several expert teams to monitor these facilities, an official said.

Currently, 6,905 beds are available in 48 COVID hospitals across the state, he said.

As the number of active cases crossed the 20,000-mark, the government has asked the district administrations to revive the facilities where coronavirus patients were treated last year and to strengthen overall infrastructure for the COVID management, he said.

''The number of beds in hospitals will be increased by 4 to 5 fold,'' Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra told reporters here.

Apart from dedicated hospitals for treatment of coronavirus patients, the state has 178 COVID Care Centres and 17,647 temporary facilities.

Mishra, however, said that it is not possible to increase the number of beds in intensive care units immediately, though the authorities of all the facilities have been asked to add ICUs.

The government has also decided to increase beds with the availability of oxygen so that COVID patients in critical condition can be admitted to ICUs, he said.

''Presently, 25 per cent COVID patients are admitted to the general beds and 60 per cent are in ICUs. Of 248 beds with ventilator support, 45 were occupied till Saturday,'' he said.

There is ''no crisis'' in the availability of hospital beds in the state as of now, Mishra said, adding that more than 400 ventilators have also been kept ready and will be engaged if needed.

Meanwhile, the government constituted several expert teams to monitor COVID facilities across the state.

These teams have been assigned to visit the dedicated facilities and oversee the COVID management there, the official added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

The use of blockchain in healthcare is a relatively new innovation with many of its uses still being explored and related technologies being developed, improved, and scaled. ...

Debate surrounding vaccine passports and development misses bigger picture

... ...

Blockchain vs IOTA: Looking for a better alternative

... ...

For stability, Iraq needs to crack down on corruption

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Sensex skids for 2nd day as inflation worries haunt global equities

The BSE Sensex spiralled lower for the second straight session on Wednesday, weighed by heavy selling in banking and finance stocks, as global equities extended their losses on concerns that soaring commodity prices will trigger earlier-tha...

Sweden delays plans to ease COVID-19 rules on some public gatherings

Sweden will delay plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on some public gatherings, such as football matches, until June 1, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Wednesday.The government had said at the end of last month it hoped to ease restri...

HC asks Maharashtra govt about COVID-19 care for children

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra government to inform the court about the steps it was taking to check the spread of COVID-19 among children.A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni asked the ...

FM says Iran ready for closer ties with rival Saudi Arabia

Irans foreign minister said Wednesday that his country is ready for closer ties with its regional rival Saudi Arabia, adding that he hoped recent talks between the two sides would lead to greater stability in the region.Mohammad Javad Zarif...

Give Feedback