Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Odisha government has taken the first-hand initiative to set up the largest Covid-19 hospital in India. This establishment will consist of about 1,000 beds and will be functional in a period of two weeks.
Odisha Govt. led by Naveen Patnaik, will be the first state in the country to set up such a large-scale hospital exclusively to treat Covid-19 patients, once this hospital is established.
The second in command for this initiative will be Kandhamal’s MP and KIIT’s Founder, Achyuta Samanta. Samanta’s reputed medical institution Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) has signed an MoU with the Odisha Government to set up a COVID-19 Special Hospital to combat the spread of novel coronavirus in the state. This establishment will ensure that the people of Odisha get the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the best doctors to treat and stop this pandemic.
Samanta has expressed his view on this initiative by stating that, “I am grateful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik Ji for choosing KIMS as a partner for this noble endeavour, and giving us the opportunity to serve the people of Odisha in their time of need. Naveen Babu’s vision in tackling COVID-19 has been progressive and ahead of any other Indian state, and this MoU takes that vision one step further.” Additionally, he thanked all the doctors, paramedics and healthcare workers saying, “Our doctors might have to taken on additional load, but they are willing to give their all for the welfare of this wonderful state”. Samanta, who is a social worker and humanitarian, had always extended his help to the state even before he became a respected politician.
The two hospitals involved in this project would be- KIMS and SUM. KIMS will be providing 450 beds while Sum Hospital under the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan will have 500 functional beds. This establishment will set an example for the entire nation leading the way of operation against COVID-19. So far, India has 650 active COVID 2019 cases out of which 13 people have succumbed to death. Odisha has two positive coronavirus patients who are kept in hospital isolation wards.