All COVID Care Centres to be closed in Odisha as cases decline

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to close all COVID Care Centres (CCCs) in the state in view of the decrease in the daily cases. However, treatment of the existing patients in the CCCs shall continue till their discharge. New patients shall be referred to the nearest government healthcare facility.

The Health Department has written to all Collectors and Municipal Corporation Commissioners in this regard.

As per the decision, all Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHCs), Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) run by the government and COVID facilities in Government Medical Colleges shall continue to function.

All government COVID facilities run by private hospital partners shall be closed, if no patient has been admitted. However, if some patients are still undergoing treatment at a facility, they shall continue the treatment till they are discharged.

All the COVID hospitals managed by private hospital partners and funded by corporate partners/ DMF shall continue to function till the end of the approval period.

The private hospitals under the Odisha Clinical Establishment (Control & Regulation) Act & Rules shall continue to provide treatment to symptomatic COVID-19 patients at rates notified by the government.

The manpower already deployed in the Government COVID-19 Hospitals set up at Medical Colleges shall be retained proportionate to occupancy.

All concerned officials have been asked to remain in readiness to functionalize quickly in the event of the onset of third wave of the pandemic.

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