This State Built an Exclusive Covid-19 Hospital in 7 Days. And It’s Not in China


This State Built an Exclusive Covid-19 Hospital in 7 Days. And It’s Not in China

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

The coronavirus outbreak in India has brought with it a fair share of bad news, of civilians misbehaving with doctors and nurses, of police brutality, and of communal stupidity. But every once in a while, a bit of positive news pierces through the dark cloud like a ray of hope, and today is one of those days. In Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the state’s first exclusive COVID-19 hospital with a capacity for 500 patients had been constructed and made ready to serve the public in a short span of just seven days.

Opening in Bhubaneswar, the hospital is managed and run by the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). The state government, KIMS, and the Odisha Municipal Corporation set up the hospital under a tripartite agreement, with the Odisha government bearing the costs of equipment and medical expenses, as reported by India Today.

This is a heartening case of a government delivering on its promise to citizens, as Odisha’s exclusive COVID-19 hospitals were announced last week.

The hospital is not the only coronavirus treatment centre set up by the Odisha government. In addition to the one opening in Bhubaneswar, a second one is also operational in Cuttack.

Odisha’s example is an inspiring one for other states. The state has, as of the time of writing, only five positive coronavirus cases, but the creation of these hospitals displays a readiness should the situation take a turn for the worse. The facilities at the hospitals are in accordance with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.

The Naveen Patnaik-led government has also been on the front-foot when it comes to tackling the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing has been underway of those Odisha residents who attended the infamous Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi, with 15 of the 20 who have been tested coming up negative for coronavirus. The Odisha government also launched a dedicated website to fight COVID-19, where it was mandatory for those entering the state to register. Patnaik also exhorted citizens to avail of the portal on social media.

The proactive approach Odisha is taking to fighting the coronavirus is sure to stand the state in good stead in the times to come, and it has drawn praise from citizens.

Olympian sprinter Dutee Chand was one of those lending her voice to the chorus of compliments on social media. Of course, she was only one of many.

The Odisha government deserves recognition for its stellar efforts in fighting a threat that faces the whole world. Hopefully, it’s an example that others will also follow.