Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: A 50-bedded portable healthcare unit has been set up at Badapada village in the Swabhiman Anchal area of Odisha’s Malkangiri district to cater to the primitive tribal people of the region.
Set up on the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the healthcare unit will strengthen the medical infrastructure for tackling COVID-19 pandemic.
The portable medical facility has been set up by American India Foundation in partnership with Mastercard and in collaboration with the Odisha government.
It was inaugurated by Nabarangpur Member of Parliament Ramesh Chandra Majhi and Chitrakonda legislator Purna Chandra Baka on January 10.
The unit has four intensive care units (ICUs), 13 oxygen beds and 33 general beds. Three doctors and paramedics are deployed at present for smooth functioning of the medical.
Swabhiman Anchal, formerly known as a ‘cut-off area’, is surrounded by water on three sides. Badapada and other hamlets in the area have been connected with the mainland after construction of the Gurupriya bridge a few years ago.
The portable medical unit, which has been designed by Modulus Housing, comes with 25 year durability. It will boost the capacity of Malkangiri district to treat and care for tribals like the Bonda people, among others and those affected by COVID-19.