Minister proposes Health Disaster Training Institute in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Health Minister Naba Kishore Das on Thursday proposed to establish a Health Disaster Training Institute in Odisha to create more trained health professionals.

He proposed it at the meeting of Empowered Group of Ministers on COVID-19, which was held through video conference on Thursday.

Das proposed to establish Health Disaster Training Institute in the state to create more trained health professionals and to study health disaster management and further research incorporating all medical, nursing, pharmacy and other paramedical studies. 

Odisha should look forward for self sufficiency in pharmaceutical industries and other medical devices manufacturing industries so as to export other states even to foreign counties at the time of health hazards.

Minister Das emphasised on increasing number of testes for COVID-19 for quick diagnosis and to control the spread.

More numbers of Testing Kits must be procured immediately, further the identification of quarantined isolated persons should be strictly monitored by the COVID-19 team and their movements be restricted in view of the recent cases of Bhubaneswar.

At present, only one machine for COVID Test has been provisioned for VIMSAR, Burla which is quite insufficient looking into the area of operation. So, two more machines should be installed at VIMSAR, Burla for testing of COVID patients in ordered to ensure proper treatment, said the Health minister.

Further looking into the growing trend of COVID patients in the state, few more testing centres be opened in places like DHH, Kalahandi, BB MC&H, Bolangir, SUM Hospital, KIIMS Hospital & HI-Tech Medical College & Hospital at Bhubaneswar, he proposed.

Health Department has been instructed to adopt detailed SOP for treatment of COVID patients replicating the best practices implemented in other states following WHO guidelines, the minister said.