Guwahati: Coinciding with the 30-days completion of the new state government, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma dedicated a 300-bed Covid Care Hospital at Sarusajai in Guwahati to the service of the people in the presence of Health Minister Keshab Mahanta on Thursday.

The new hospital built in association with DRDO, Government of India with a project cost of Rs 21.46 crores will act as an annexe to Guwahati Medical College & Hospital. Oil India Limited and ICICI Bank have also extended financial support to the tune of Rs. 2 crore and 1.5 crore respectively for the accomplishment of the project.

The CM also inaugurated a 20-bed ICU & 32 Oxygen Supported Beds at Kalapahar Covid Care Hospital, which will also be an annexe to GMCH.

Sarma termed the inauguration of the new Covid Care Hospital a decisive move in the fight against Covid-19. He also thanked DRDO for setting up the hospital within a record period of around 20 days and said that it is a fine example of centre-state collaboration and the collective spirit of the government of Assam and the people of the state.

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Saying that the hospital will have a life span of five years, which can be further extended with minimum infrastructure boost up, the Chief Minister informed that there will be 100 ICU beds available in the hospital and oxygen facility could also be made available in other 200 beds. Moreover, a liquid oxygen tank has been set up to provide a continuous supply of oxygen to patients which shall be refilled weekly, the Chief Minister added.

Also, from now on, treatment of Covid patients will be gradually reduced at MMCH and Singimari hospital and patients will be taken care of at GMCH and the Covid Care Hospital at Sarusajai.

Stating that planning was afoot to boost health care infrastructure further to combat Covid 19 from the time of formation of the government, the CM said that during the last 30 days 465 ICU beds including beds with ventilation facility, 2684 oxygen supported beds were added to the medical institutions. Moreover, 200 ICU beds at GMCH will be made functional in the next ten days; he informed adding that the government is working to set up at least 15 ICU beds in every district hospital.

CM Sarma also said that vaccination has been intensified to cover all categories of people above 18. Moreover from June 21, Assam would start getting the free vaccine from the Government of India, which will be a big relief to the state government.

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