Report by Pravuprasad Routray, Bhubaneswar: As part of its continued endeavour to provide all-round and upgraded healthcare services to the people living in the periphery of its operational areas, Tata Steel inagurates another facility for the people of Sukinda in Jajpur district. Mr. T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel, India and South East-Asia, inaugurated a state-of-the-art 3-bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sukinda Chromite Mine Hospital on October 19, 2013. The ICU is the first-of-its-kind facility in Sukinda. Mr Arun Misra, Dy Vice President (Opns), Mr R R Jha, Dy Vice President (Engineering), Kalinganagar Project, Tata Steel and other senior officials of the Company and hospital staff were present on the occasion.
Apart from benefitting Company officials, labourers and contract workers, the ICU, set up at a cost of Rs 45 lakh, will be of great help to people living in the surrounding areas, who depend mostly on this hospital. Tata Steel’s Sukinda Chromite Mine Hospital provides treatment to around 35,000 people annually.
The ICU, an initiative of Tata Steel’s CSR and periphery development plan, will immensely benefit patients requiring ICU treatment and augment the level of emergency medical services available to critical patients in the area. At Sukinda, where Tata Steel has a presence, the steel major has taken several measures to provide quality healthcare services to the local population.
Annually, more than 150 critical cases of cardiac failure, respiratory failure, Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), poly trauma, head & chest injury from the Tata Steel Colony at Sukinda, other mines in the vicinity and neighbouring villages come to this 30-bedded hospital with modern equipment and specialist doctors.Besides a Critical Care Ambulance facility has also been added to the hospital since January 2013. Due to poor condition of roads in the area, travelling to Cuttack or Bhubaneswar for treatment takes time, reducing in the process the chances of survival of serious patients.
With the addition of Level-1, three bedded ICU, this will help to salvage many Lifesaving Emergency cases like
Snake Bite, Common Poisoning, High Blood Pressure Crisis, Diabetic Emergencies etc and will make hospital able to stabilize more serious acute or chronic disease cases (approx.150 per annum) before transferring them to higher centres ensuring safe arrival there.
To provide holistic healthcare, Tata Steel has been contributing substantially to the healthcare sector in the state. It has set up hospitals at Joda, Belpahar, Bileipada, Gobarghati and Bamnipal .Tata Steel has also facilitated infrastructure up gradation in government hospitals at Jajpur, Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Bolangir.
Mobile Health Vans and Health Camps are organised. The company has also hosted the Lifeline Express – the hospital on wheels — on seven occasions in different parts of the State. Tata Steel’s healthcare initiatives reach out to 0.40 million people in the State annually.