Odisha government has decided to shut down both public and private Covid care centres (CCCs) in view of the declining coronavirus cases in the State.
The Plaachimada unit of Coca Cola had suspended operations in March 2004 following agitations by locals citing overexploitation of groundwater and dumping of sludge causing pollution
The division bench comprising Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice SK Panigrahi said,
According to the sub-collector, the centre had to be closed because of the withdrawal of doctors by medical college authorities, despite being a much-needed facility in the backward sub-division.
The panchayat covers Gouripura, Basarihal, Muslapur and Chikkamadinal villages. It comes under Kanakagiri taluk.
Panchayat member Guruprasad said the recent rain has further added to the misery of villagers infected with Covid.
Citizens can walk into centres for physical triaging and each centre is equipped with ambulances to shift patients to hospitals.
With reducing Covid cases, these facilities are not getting enough patients anymore
The one at St Anthony’s College of Education, Thisaiyanvilai, has 140 beds, and the one at Universal College of Engineering and Technology, Vallioor, has 180 beds, a government statement said.
Srinivasa cultural troupe head P Ravi Kumar said the initiative of the CCC officials provided them an opportunity to get some income during Covid times.
The event has attracted the attention for treating patients in a pleasant manner to overpower the pandemic.
A health official said only asymptomatic patients were sent back to reduce their risk of infection as they stayed with symptomatic patients.
The centre has 100 beds with oxygen facilities, while around 40 beds have been exclusively allocated for women.
The centre is well equipped, has a trained nurse and a doctor and an ambulance 24/7 for any emergency.
Doctors are not available all the time; patients move around freely