In a letter to his Cabinet colleague dated on April 20, Pradhan said, “To bolster and support the decisive steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in fast tracking India's vaccination programme, the nation must simultaneously and rapidly ramp up at available health infrastructure for treating the mounting cases of Covid-19.”
“NSCH Talcher was functioning as Covid Hospital with 144 beds and 6 ICU units during first wave of the pandemic. Due to the explosive resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the region. It is critical to grant emergency permission for supplementing Covid-19 care at NSCH Talcher with 100 numbers of ventilators,” Pradhan mentioned in the letter.
“Covid- 19 cases have been steadily rising again in Odisha with 4,761 new cases per day recently. At the time of writing this letter, Angul district in the State has 453 active cases and is recording around 81 new cases,” he stated.
“Keeping in mind the exponential rise in number of Covid-19 cases in Angul and limited number of Covid-19 treatment facilities in the region, it is essential to operationalise and supplement medical infrastructure in the region,” he added.
“I therefore seek your personal intervention in declaring NSCH, MCL as Covid Hospital with ICU facilities, and also issuing necessary permission to officials of MCL for making urgent arrangements for 100 nos ventilators at the hospital in order to provide medical care to the rapidly growing number of covid-19 patients in Angul district and its surrounding areas,” he concluded.
Today, Odisha reported 6,215 fresh Covid-19 cases while Angul district recorded 173 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data of State Health and Family Welfare Department.