Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Assam Medical College & Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh on May 15 to review the COVID-19 situation in the district. He was accompanied by the DC, AMCH authorities and other senior officers.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the precautionary measures adopted by the administration apart from enforcement of COVID protocols and treatment facilities being provided to COVID-19 patients at AMCH.

Keeping in view the fact that more COVID fatalities have occurred late in the night and due to late-night arrivals, the Chief Minister directed AMCH authorities to improve their odd-hour management to render efficient services to COVID-19 patients arriving late at night through on-duty senior and experienced doctors.

To further boost COVID care, the chief minister asked the Managing Director of NHM and AMCH authorities to ensure early operationalisation of the super speciality hospital constructed at AMCH within a week. The super speciality hospital will have 60 ICU beds and is expected to significantly boost COVID-19 treatment.

The chief minister also asked AMCH authorities to coordinate with Oil India Limited (OIL) for setting up a 40,000 litres oxygen plant at the hospital.

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On the same day, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma paid a visit to a Civil Hospital in Tinsukia to take stock of the treatment facilities put in place for COVID-19 patients.

The chief minister said that the National Health Mission will take steps very soon to build an oxygen production plant in Tinsukia to meet the high demands of medical oxygen.

He also held a review meeting in presence of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Rameswar Teli, Minister for the Welfare of Tea Tribe Sanjay Kisan and MLAs Bolin Chetia, Bhaskar Sharma, Suren Phukan, Taranga Gogoi and Rupesh Gowala with the district administration and health department at DC office, Tinsukia.

In the meeting, the chief minister asked the Health Department to conduct at least 500 RT-PCR, and 2,000 RAT tests daily in the Tinsukia district.

It may be noted that in Tinsukia so far 14825 COVID tests were done and 1680 people tested COVID-19 positive, keeping the positivity rate in the state at 11.33 per cent.

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