The State Government has directed the private hospitals in five major urban zones to mandatorily designate minimum 50 per cent of their general beds and 80 per cent of their ICUs for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
ACS Health and Family Welfare Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra has issued an advisory for the private hospitals having bed strength of 30 and above in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Brahmapur and Rourkela.
With more and more patients requiring beds and ICU facilities, the State Government has taken the decision and issued the advisory in this regard on September 14. Hospitals shall charge the patients at the rate as communicated by the State Government earlier.
In the meantime, the State Government has decided to close down Temporary Medical Centers(TMC) and Covid Care Home(CCH) with immediate effect as occupancy in these facilities are virtually ‘nil’.
ACS Health and Family Welfare Mohapatra has directed the district Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to immediately close down the TMCs and CCHs. The notification also pointed out that as the occupancy in CCHs has dramatically fallen and in many of them there are no patients, so these institutions will be closed down, where there are no patients. And in other places where the occupancy is less it should be scaled down and the requisite manpower be re-mobilized to their original positions.
In case of CCHs, the health personnel can be redeployed in the districts, where their services can be better utilized.
Mohapatra directed the district Collectors to personally monitor this and give compliance on daily basis to Special Relief Commissioner (SRC). In case of any emergency requirement of these facilities, it can be created at a short notice as buffer, said Mohapatra.