The 900-bed facility at Khanapara field in Guwahati

Guwahati: A 900-bed COVID-19 hospital at Khanapara field in Guwahati was inaugurated by Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday. This comes as a necessity, as the city has been constantly reporting a substantial number of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis.

With the new facility, Guwahati’s today bed capacity has increased to 1,538 for COVID-19 patients. The new facility has individual rooms with attached toilets, which will help in avoiding the spread of the highly contagious disease, against facilities with common toilets.

Taking to Twitter, Sarma tweeted, “Inaugurated a 900-bed #COVID19 care hospital today at Khanapara field, Guwahati, in presence of MoS

@Pijush_hazarika. It has individual rooms with attached bathrooms for patients.

It shall strengthen our treatment capacity amid rising number of positive cases.”

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The minister, during a press conference in the afternoon, had mentioned that in Guwahati, there is an estimated need of total 3,000 beds. Half of it has been arranged, and the state is working on arranging another 1,500 beds.

He also said that a new COVID-19 hospital will be set up in Maniram Dewan Trade Centre.

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Earlier in the day, Sarma also inaugurated the 13th COVID-19 testing lab at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati. Sharing the update on the micro-blogging site, he informed that another six labs are being set up across Assam to push the state’s testing capacity.

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