New Delhi: Minister of Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday dedicated augmented ICU Ventilator facilities at Ispat Post Graduate Institute (IPGI) and Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) of SAIL at Rourkela, Odisha for treatment of COVID patients. The IPGI and SSH Complex was dedicated to the nation by the President of India on March 21, this year. The virtual event was also attended by the Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kisore Das, MP from Sundargarh Jual Oram, MLAs from the area, Chairperson and CEO of SAIL Soma Mondal and senior officers of the Ministry of Steel and SAIL.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that patients from different places of in and around Rourkela as well as neighbouring states had started availing the OPD facilities at SSH. Keeping in view the steep rise in the number of critically ill COVID patients in the region during the 2nd wave of the pandemic and realizing the urgent need of oxygenation and assisted ventilation, it was decided to operate a 60 bedded COVID ICU facility. Subsequently, it was decided to upgrade the facility to a 100-bedded ICU. The Minister said that this upgraded ICU facility is a significant addition to the healthcare infra in the region and will bolster Odisha’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pradhan said that since April, more than 9,653 MT of the life-saving liquid medical Oxygen (LMO) has been dispatched from Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP)’s captive and BOO plant, to various states of the country including Odisha. Extra thrust has been given on ramping up production and dispatch of liquid medical oxygen from the RSP. Internal use of gaseous oxygen in the plant has been rationalized and necessary systemic modifications have been made to ensure round the clock dispatch of liquid medical oxygen from the plant, he added.
He expressed happiness that that as per the direction of the Prime Minister, RSP is in the process of setting up a jumbo 500 bedded hospital at Sector-22 with piped gaseous oxygen supply directly from the plant with ventilators and other associated facilities. With this, there will be a total of about 1000 beds with oxygen and about 225 ventilators in SAIL’s Rourkela township, he added.
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