Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide better health care facilities to people in the coming days, the State Government is planning to set up Intensive Care Units (ICU) in every district hospitals.

To start with, the facility will be set up in four district headquarters hospitals namely Puri, Balasore, Koraput and Angul.

The proposed ICU in the district headquarters hospital would have capacity varying from four to six beds.

Apart from this the capacity of the ICU in the Capital Hospital will also be increased from the existing five to 16 beds by the end of next financial year, Dr Bharat Panigrahi, Additional Director of Health Services said.

Adding more Dr Panigrahi said, the Government has decided to increase the number of beds in the ICU in the Capital Hospital from the existing five to 16 by the end of next financial year.

Dr Panigrahi said a patient has to pay Rs 250 per day for the first three days, Rs 500 per day for the next five days and Rs 750 per day after that as charges for the ICU. The BPL people and unidentified road accident victims brought to the hospital by persons not known to the victim would be treated free of cost.

Dr Panigrahi said the capital hospital has an ultra modern cath lab and conducting angiography and angioplasty at a very nominal rate ranging from Rs 5000 and Rs 30,000.The cath lab has been functioning since July 2011 and so far 71 patients have been treated.

Rs 30,615 for angiography and Rs 1,28,565 for angioplasty had been provided to the poor from the state treatment fund for their treatment so far.

Similarly Dialysis is being charged at Rs 600 to Rs 800 had been conducted on as many as 80 patients since September 2010.