New 236-bed super speciality COVID-19 hospital inaugurated in Guwahati:
Guwahati, May 29: Assam on Friday opened a 236-bed super speciality COVID-19 hospital in Guwahati as the surge in number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state continuing unabated.
The state has registered 910 positive cases for the novel Coronavirus so far.
The new centrally air-conditioned COVID-19 hospital has been built in the premise of Guwahati Medical College Hospital with an estimated cost of Rs 150 crore.
Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday had inaugurated the super speciality hospital that shall be used as a dedicated COVID-19 treatment facility until the crisis is averted.
The new COVID-19 hospital has 186 beds in various wards and 50 other beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
It has been equipped with 14 Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UGVI) System, which will help in improving indoor air quality and bacteria management and each bed has a dedicated supply of medical gas.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that – “The opening of the hospital is a milestone of the state’s health sector and it will strengthen our efforts to fight against COVID-19.”
“In the entire state, our health system is in a very confidence state of affairs. We have kept ready 5000 beds for the COVID-19 patients. There is no need to panic. Out of these, 500-600 will be dedicated for symptomatic treatment. We will be able to treat 5000 patients spreading across Assam. Things are moving in the right direction. We are in a position to treat 5000 patients at a time,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
On the other hand, the Assam minister said that the state government will continue the night curfew and the Assam government will follow the directions what the centre will give.
“We want night curfew to continue and rest of the thing I think, we should come back to normal life. But night curfew is helping us, so night curfew should continue. Whatever the centre will take the decisions, we will happily agree.,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.