Odisha to shut COVID care facilities due to nil occupancy

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today decided to shut temporary medical centres (TMCs) and Covid Care Homes (CCHs) immediately citing zero occupancy.

In a letter to the District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners, Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra stated TMCs and CCHs should be immediately closed down as these facilities have virtually nil occupancy.

He also mentioned in case of COVID Care Centres (CCCs), the occupancy has dramatically fallen and in many of them there are no patients. “Hence, CCCs should also be closed down wherever there are no patients and in other places where the occupancy is less it should be scaled down,” the letter mentioned.

The manpower engaged in CCCs will be remobilised to their original positions whereas the health personnel in CCHs can be redeployed in the districts where their services can be better utilized, it stated.

Mohapatra directed District Collectors to personally monitor the implementation of the directive and give compliance on a daily basis to the Special Relief Commissioner in a specific format.

In case of any emergency requirement of these facilities, it can be created at a short notice as buffer, the letter added.

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