The virtual event was also attended by the Union Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste, Odisha Health Minister NabaKisore Das, Sundargarh MP JualOram, MLAs of Sundargarh district, Chairperson and CEO of SAIL Soma Mondal and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Steel and SAIL.
Speaking on the occasion Pradhan said that patients from different places of in and around Rourkela as well as neighbouring States had started availing the OPD facilities at SSH. Keeping in view the steep rise in the number of critically ill COVID patients in the region during the 2nd wave of the pandemic and realizing the urgent need of oxygenation and assisted ventilation, it was decided to operate a 60 bedded COVID ICU facility. Subsequently it was decided to upgrade the facility to a 100-bedded ICU.
The Minister said that this upgraded ICU facility is a significant addition to the healthcare infra in the region and will bolster Odisha’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pradhan said that our steel companies have been putting their might to combat the deadly Covid pandemic, both in Odisha as well as nationally. The steel plants LMO supplies have been ramped up from 538 MT on April 1st 2021 to now over 4400 MT per day. He said that SAIL has also taken a slew of measures to contribute to Odisha’s fight against the pandemic.
The Union Minister expressed happiness that that as per the direction of Prime Minister, Rourkela Steel Plant is in the process of setting up a jumbo 500 bedded hospital at Sector-22 with piped gaseous oxygen supply directly from the plant with ventilators and other associated facilities. With this, there will be total about 1000 beds with oxygen and about 225 ventilators in SAIL’s Rourkela township, he added.
The IPGI and SSH Complex was dedicated to the nation by President of India Ram Nath Kovind on March 21 this year.