TATA upgrades hospital with intensive care unit

Joda (Keonjhar) August 9 ( TATA steel Thursday upgraded its hospital at Joda in the district of Keonjhar by setting up an intensive care unit (ICU), its official said.

The hospital was inaugurated by Managing Director of Tata Steel B Muthuraman.

Tata Steel Hospital here has been catering to the needs of the people in Keonjhar district for more than last half century.

Besides Joda, common people from Champua, Barbil and other places visit the hospital for specialized treatment apart from its employees.

Built at a cost of Rs 31 lakhs, including machines worth Rs 14 lakhs, the ICU will have facilities like Pulse Oximeter, Oxygen concentrator, Infusin and Syringe pumps, Suction machine, ECG machine and many such sophisticated machines required for treating critically ill patients.

The ICU facility in the hospital will be one of its kinds in this mining belt.

This hospital has 44 beds. It is offering facilities like pathology, USG, ECG, X-Ray, Ultrasonography, Paediatrics etc. It has also Blood Bank, which is one of the best Blood Bank in Orissa as recognized by the Blood Bank Council of Orissa.

Besides the main hospital, two dispensaries are also operating in Joda East and Bonaikela. Tata Steel Hospital have specialists on medicine, OBS & Gynecology, Anesthesia, Paedistrics, ENT, Skin etc, the company said in a press release.

It is the only private hospital in the district recognized under “Janani Suraksha Yojna” by the Health Services, Govt. of Orissa and only private hospital recognized by RNTCP funded by Denmark Tuberculosis Programme in Keonjhar district.

The commitment and popularity of Tata Steel Hospital in Joda can be observed from the rise in treatment of outdoor patients in this hospital over the years.

While in 2002-03, around 83, 000 patients received treatment in the main hospital and in its dispensaries, in 2006-07; around 100,000 patients were treated in the main hospital as well as in the dispensaries.

The steel company has invested around Rs.139 lakhs during the last financial year for development of this hospital for securing better health standards for periphery community.

“Tata Steel would continue to serve the community of Joda and Keonjhar as it has been doing in the earlier years and will further improve infrastructure facilities for periphery communities” speaking on the occasion, Mr Muthuraman said.