Bhubaneswar: It is a battle raging for over four months and the end is not in
sight as yet. But doctors and medical professionals at the SOA Deemed to be University are
determined to fight till victory is achieved.

After swirling through continents infecting nearly two crore people and killing over
seven lakh of them, the Coronavirus has taken Odisha in its grip bringing life to a standstill for
weeks. Doctors, nurses and paramedics, deployed in four large Covid-19 Hospitals and two
Covid Care Centres (CCC) being run by SOA in collaboration with the state government have
been doing their utmost to provide the healing touch to the affected patients.
The first standalone Covid-19 Hospital, the biggest in the state with 625 beds including
125 ICU beds—one of the largest in the country— was set up by SOA on April 6 in its own
university campus in Bhubaneswar. Two other fully equipped Covid-19 Hospitals with 170 and
150 beds were set up subsequently at Kendrapara and Talcher respectively expanding the
scope of treatment for those afflicted with the infection.

The fourth Covid-19 Hospital with 350 beds was set up at Chandpur in Nayagarh district
on July 23. In addition, two Covid Care Centres (CCC) at Jamujhari on the outskirts of
Bhubaneswar (500 beds) and Jatni (300 beds) also started functioning in July. All the hospitals
are fully equipped to deal with the disease including ventilators.

Altogether, the facilities created by SOA provide for over 2100 beds including 157 ICU
beds. All the facilities have been running at 80 to 90 per cent occupancy even as the number of
positive cases were on the rise. “It is a war and we are proud of our warriors who have been
battling the pandemic day and night,” said Prof. Manojranjan Nayak, Founder President of SOA.
“It has not been an easy task as Coronavirus is an unknown quantity and requires
knowledge, skill and understanding to deal with the infection,” Dr. Pushparaj Samantasinhar,
Medical Superintendent of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of
medical sciences of the SOA Deemed to be University, which has been running the six facilities,

Soon after the Covid-19 Hospital at Bhubaneswar started functioning, there were causes
for celebration. Doctors and nurses were jubilant when an 85-year-old woman from Jajpur
district weighing only 22 kg, emerged victorious in the grim battle against Covid-19. “Reviving
corona patients with co-morbidities has been a tricky proposition but we have been winning
these battles as well,” said a doctor.