Assam government is planning to set up ICUs in 21 district-level hospitals of the state: Himanta Credit: Twitter

GUWAHATI: Announcing that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities will be extended up to the district hospitals in state, Assam minister for health and family welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma unveiled the Assam Critical Care Infrastructure project, worth Rs 250 crore, here.

The project is partly funded by the Ministry of DoNER that has provided Rs 140 crore. The State government will bear the remaining cost.

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Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the minister said that the state government is planning to set up ICUs in 21 district-level hospitals of the state.

“We are setting up ICUs is 21 district hospitals. Also, at each medical college, we will add 100 ICUs. The PWD has called for tenders and the new infrastructure will be ready in two months,” he said.

Till the new ICUs are ready, the newly recruited staff will be trained at the existing ICUs in medical colleges, the minister said.

“The project will give a big push to the public health system in the State,” he said.

The minister also distributed appointment letters to 1,000 staff nurses under the National Health Mission, Assam and 215 ICU technicians under the health department at a ceremony here.

While around 34 doctors were recruited on Sunday, ICU sisters will be appointed in a month’s time. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, around 5,000 staff have been recruited by the health department and NHM.

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