Special Hospital for COVID Warriors; Vaccine Priority for Pregnant Women & Senior Citizen in Odisha

The Odisha government has designated a COVID Hospital in Bhubaneswar exclusively for the treatment of frontline warriors testing positive for coronavirus. The Health and Family Welfare department confirmed that Aditya Ashwini COVID-19 Hospital will treat COVID-19 warriors who fall prey to the virus.

“The COVID ward of SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack will also have special arrangements for doctors and Covid warriors infected by the virus. Some beds in the general ward and ICU will be kept reserved for them,” said Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra.

The Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) and Director of Health Services (DHS) have been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring all doctors, paramedical staff and frontline warriors receive timely treatment.

States like Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have also set up dedicated COVID Hospitals for doctors and paramedics. However, Odisha has gone one step further by allowing all frontline COVID warriors access to the dedicated hospital.

The decision has been cheered by government and private doctors in the state. President of Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) Dr Narayan Rout said that the move is likely to boost the morale of the medical fraternity. “We had been demanding a separate treatment facility for health professionals so that they can get specialised treatment and recover early to rejoin duty. At last, the government agreed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that people above sixty years and pregnant women will get priority in Covid-19 vaccine distribution. Health workers in the state will also be on the priority list once a vaccine is available.

The state government has already started preparing a detailed database of frontline workers, including the health, Anganwadi and ASHA workers for seamless initiation of the vaccination programme.

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