Bhubaneswar: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the critical patients belonging to BPL categories can now avail the expensive ECMO treatment at free of cost at AIIMS here.
“The critical patients having ration cards under NFSA (National Food Security Act) will be entitled to get free ECMO treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar,” informed the hospital superintendent Sachidananda Mohanty today.
The premier medical institution has one ECMO machine for treatment of critically-ill patients. One more machine will be installed soon at the hospital, source said.
In the pandemic, there is huge requirement of ECMO treatment especially for critical COVID patients suffering from lung ailment. As the treatment is expensive and not available in state-run hospitals in Odisha, it has become more challenging for doctors to save lives from COVID-19.