Proposed by a team of VIMSAR doctors around a week back, the project received nod from the State government's Health Research Committee on Thursday.
The rights panel had earlier directed the Chief Secretary to pay Rs 1 lakh each to Siddeswar Pradhan and Jaynarayan Sahu as compensation by October 4, 2020.
Moreover, patients coming for treatment of other diseases and testing positive for coronavirus are also being admitted to the Covid hospital.
Pradhan said he wishes to provide free medical treatment to the poor after completing the MBBS degree.
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Sources said bed strength of the proposed ICU complex will be increased to 60 in the later phase.
Superintendent of VIMSAR Jayashree Dora said, on the first day, the test was conducted on 13 patients.
A single donor platelet facility to ensure smooth supply of the blood component to requiring patients would soon start functioning at VIMSAR, Burla.
Once the upgraded cancer hospital starts functioning, it will come as a major relief for cancer patients in Western Odisha.
The hospital’s existing store, spread over an area of 1,200 sq feet, is functioning from a three-storey building.
Subsequently, police sent Bablu’s body to VIMSAR, Burla for autopsy and launched an investigation into the incident.
Subsequently, the patient was shifted to the Covid-19 hospital in Sambalpur after his condition improved.
VIMSAR authorities have identified the nine-storey building, earmarked for accommodating the special newborn care unit, OPD and paediatric ward, to set up the 100-bed Covid hospital.
The encroachers have even threatened some staff of the centre to keep mum in the matter.
All outpatient departments and routine surgery at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences, Burla will continue to remain closed for seven more days.