Bhubaneswar: As Odisha is witnessing a quantum jump in the daily COVID-19 cases, total 2059 patients were currently undergoing treatment at both private and Government hospitals in the state.
As per official information available till April 18, 17.43 per cent of the total beds, including ICUs and ventilators, available in both Government and private healthcare facilities in the state were used by 2059 patients. Of them, 424 are undergoing treatment in ICUs and 59 are on ventilator support.
Of the total 2059 patients, 945 are being treated in Government healthcare facilities ( 823 in general beds, 104 in ICUs and 18 on ventilator support)
As far as occupancy in private facilities is concerned, 753 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment in general beds, 320 in ICUs and 41 on support.
Currently, 7432 general beds are lying vacant in Odisha (3,887 in private and 3,545 in Govt hospitals), 1594 ICU beds (1,174 in private and in 420 in Govt hospitals) and 723 ventilators (562 in private and 161 in Government hospitals.
Earlier yesterday, Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra said steps are afoot to increase the number of beds in hospitals for treatment of infectees.
“District collectors have been asked to focus on setting up healthcare infrastructures to deal with the worsening situation. The number of beds in hospitals will be increased four to five fold as compared to last year,” he had said.
Meanwhile, more number of private hospitals are all set to provide service to COVID-19 patients in the state. While Nilachal and Hi-Tech COVID hospitals will become operational today, Blue Wheel will provide service from tomorrow. Sparsh and KIMS COVID hospitals will soon commence operation.