Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Bearing the brunt of the steady coronavirus spike, the hospital infrastructure facilities in Odisha’s capital city is on the threshold of experiencing beds, ICUs shortage to take care of critically-ill patients.
With grave health crisis evidently staring at them, the COVID-19 managers in Bhubaneswar have stepped up the drive to home-isolate patients as authorities have begun to experience the pinch of dearth of hospital beds, Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and ventilators.
As of now the situation is very much under control and it is yet to slip out of hand. However, the hospital infrastructure facility is destined to lurk in the coming days as the disease’s curve is showing no signs of getting flattened.
Signs are apparently ominous in Bhubaneswar given the fact that the city bearing additional load of critical patients from across the State, confided an official of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The city’s COVID health infrastructure facilities are equipped to offer treatment to 4,419 patients. While COVID hospitals here have 3,807 beds, there are 442 numbers of ICUs and 170 ventilators.
As of now, the city accounts for 4,133 active cases under hospitalisation. About 300 more patients could be taken care of in the coming days. Then there will be a crisis of hospital beds in Bhubaneswar.
However, it is reassuring to note that the recovery rate is quite high in the city, which implies that beds will be vacated side by side with the detection of new COVID-19 cases, informed the official requesting not to be named.
In the event the recovery rate dips, the crisis will deepen further, said the officials adding that “in view of the alarming situation, the home Isolation rate has been increased from 42% to 73.50% in the city. In fact, 95% of patients detected in the past five days have been home-isolated to create space for critical patients, the BMC official concluded.
Meanwhile, the COVID count in the city breached 18,000-mark yesterday to reach at 18,267 while the number of active cases has shot up to 4,133.