KIMS turns Good Samaritan in Covid care

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At a time when the catastrophic second wave of Covid has brought health infrastructure of many Indian states to the knees, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a Bhubaneswar based dedicated 500-bed Covid care hospital has turned to be the savior. It may be recalled that KIMS was the first to open an exclusive facility for treatment of Covid affected patients last year. Later, other hospitals in Odisha and elsewhere across the country followed suit.

The legendary Dr Achyuta Samanta, the noble Samaritan behind all monumental humane initiatives of KIIT has ensured that the KIMS hospital is operating 24×7 with all facilities dedicated to the treatment of the affected patients. The hospital was set up under a tripartite agreement between the Odisha government, KIMS and the Odisha Municipal Corporation (OMC). According to Dr Samanta, the hospital adheres to the standard best practices and follows WHO and ICMR guidelines. It is functional round the clock. The exclusive Covid hospital is equipped with 500 beds including 42 critical beds. The hospital has been provided with a dedicated team of doctors, paramedics, nurses, and house-keeping staff, who are rostered in shifts, with proper protection and not involved in treatment of non-Covid patients.

Recently, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and the Kandhamal district administration to open a 150-bedded Covid Hospital in Phulbani. Kandhamal District Collector and KIMS Medical Superintendent Ambika Prasad Mohanty inked the MoU. The hospital is being sponsored by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) in association with KIMS Hospital, Bhubaneswar. There will be 120 beds, 20 ICUs and 10 ventilators in the hospital. The Covid hospital has turned operational.

That apart, amid mounting positive cases, the Mayurbhanj administration is gearing up to reactivate the dedicated Covid facilities across the district. Plans are afoot to reopen the Covid hospital at Bankisole in Suliapada block which was closed on March 15 this year. The administration had signed an MoU with Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) for 110-bed Covid hospital last year.

The hospital has 80 beds with oxygen support, 20 with ICU facility and 10 High Dependency Units (HDU) for treatment of infected patients. Collector Vineet Bhardwaj said another MoU was signed with KIMS authorities on Friday and the Covid hospital will be made operational again within three to four days.

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