AGENCIES, Bhubaneswar: Odisha will be the first state in the country to set up the largest COVID-19 hospital in the country, which will exclusively treat coronasvirus patients. The hospital will have 1000 beds, and it will be functional within a fortnight.
A tripartite agreement was signed between Odisha Govt, corporates, and medical colleges to set up the hospital.
The funding for the hospitals will be provided by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
“Following chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s direction to provide state-of-the-art facility to coronavirus patients, Odisha has planned the biggest COVID-19 hospitals in the country,” a statement from the CMO read.
“Accordingly, Odisha government signed two tripartite agreements with SUM and KIIMS Medical Colleges today at Lok Seva Bhawan to set up 1,000 bedded state level hospitals in Bhubaneshwar for the treatment of COVID-19,” the statement further added.
In a first of its kind initiative in the country, we are setting up two stand alone #COVID19 hospitals with a combined strength of 1000 beds in Bhubaneswar. The two hospitals to be functional within a fortnight and strengthen our fight against #CoronaVirus. pic.twitter.com/WTuxBoHwoz
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 26, 2020
Reportedly the hospitals will be ready in a period of two weeks making Odisha the first state in the country to set up a hospital exclusively for COVID-19 patients.
India currently has 784 COVID-19 cases with 20 deaths.