Bhubaneswar: Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das on Tuesday said in the Assembly that 1,41,874 patients have died in Odisha due to the ailments other than COVID-19 between April and October.
Replying to an unstarred question of Khandapada MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the Minister said the reports of poor healthcare services for the non-COVID patients is not true. Patnaik sought a statement from the Minister on the number of non-COVID patients’ death and whether reports of poor services for those patients were true.
In reply to another question, the Minister informed that Rs 223.87 crore have been spent on testing of the people for COVID-19 and free treatment of positive patients in hospitals. The information has been provided by 23 districts and the process is on for obtaining the data from other districts, he added.
He further said the government has asked thr private hospitals to provide expenditure bills towards tests and free treatment of COVID-19 patients, Das said.