“Coal India will be responsible for compensating and reimbursing the costs of the SUM Hospital in the management of Odisha COVID hospitals. It will finance the cost of buying beds and equipment,” an executive from Mahanadi Coalfields said. “There was an urgent need to strengthen the healthcare system particularly for COVID-I 9 suspected and affected persons in the state. The conventional standard response to disasters is inadequate to handle this novel virus, which is causing havoc throughout the world. Global experience shows that COVID-19 patients need to be put under observation and treatment in a separate hospital, instead of a general hospital, minimising the chance of transmission to others.”
As part of the understanding the state shall coordinate and support all parties to reduce bottlenecks, if any. It will depute officers to undertake supervision of the Odisha COVID hospital, facilitate the smooth management of the healthcare facility and in contingent circumstances, offer financial assistance for management and operation of the state COVID Hospitals.