Odisha govt to build India’s largest COVID-19 hospital with a capacity of 1000 beds in 15 days

The reality is not hidden to anyone that the world, at the moment, is fighting against the coronavirus. The entire world is going towards a lockdown. People are living in fear due to the COVID-19 outbreak

The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, has spread in over 160 countries. By far, the deadly virus has affected over 4.5 lakh people globally and the global death toll has risen to at least 21,000.

In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 600 so far, while more than 12 people have died in the country from the infection. Complete lockdown for 21 days has been imposed across the country in order to check the spread of COVID-19 outbreak.

In a sensational development, the Odisha government has announced an immediate plan to make the largest COVID-19 hospital in India. The government said that the hospital will have about 1,000 beds and it is expected to be completed in 15 days, according to reports from ANI.

Accordingly, Naveen Patnaik’s Government on Thursday signed two tripartite agreements with SUM and KIMS Medical Colleges here to set up the 1,000-bed state level hospitals in Bhubaneswar.

The Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) will provide the CSR fundings for the project. The hospital will start functioning within a fortnight, the statement said.

The construction will take place in two stages. In the first stage, 450 beds will be set up while in the next stage, 500 beds plus ICU facilities will be set up in the hospital. This is indeed a good initiative made by the government. 

This announcement is made at a time when India is heading towards the third stage of Coronavirus. India is a vast country in terms of population and if the virus is not brought under control soon, India will have to see a huge shortage of hospitals. CM Naveen Patnaik deserves a lot of appreciation for such a great initiative during the coronavirus pandemic

However, India is making all the necessary efforts to bring the fast-spreading disease under control. But the speed with which COVID-19 is spreading across the globe seems unstoppable.

The Central government is taking significant steps to control the coronavirus. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete lockdown for 21 days across the nation in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic

Scientists are trying their best to find a complete cure to combat the fast-spreading disease. Unfortunately, for now, there is no vaccination or cure available to help patients recover the deadly disease. So it is advised to take all possible precautions. Maintain social distancing to avoid coronavirus infection. Make sure that you keep yourself away from those who have coronavirus symptoms.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.