Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
To ensure prompt health services to the lakhs of devotees expected to throng Puri to witness the Nabakalebara festival scheduled next year, the Odisha government has decided to offer a special health package for Odisha’s pilgrim town.
A decision to this effect was taken at a high level review meeting presided over by Puri MLA and chairman of the Nabakalebara Infrastructure Committee Maheswar Mohanty at the State Secretariat here on Friday.
The meeting decided to take over all four government hospitals under Puri Municipality jurisdiction.
Besides, arrangements have been made to add an additional 128 beds in eight Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the nearby areas of Puri town while 459 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) would be set up in the town during Nabakalebara festival.
This apart, an additional medical team of 350 members, comprising 150 specialist doctors and 200 assistant surgeons, would be pressed into service during the festival.
The meeting also decided to open 100 first-aid centres and keep in readiness 250 para-medical staff and 100 ambulance vans to provide emergency treatment to the pilgrims.
Keeping the massive footfall of devotees and tourists during the festival, the meeting decided to make additional arrangements like upgradation of the existing ICUs, deployment of more doctors and hospital staff, medical equipment and provisions for more beds in the casualty wards.
Among others, Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Arati Ahuja, director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Rupa Mishra and senior officials of the concerned department were present at the meeting.