Agartala’s Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel has been converted into a 300-bed COVID-19 treatment centre
Agartala’s Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel has been converted into a 300-bed COVID-19 treatment centre|Representational Image

Tripura converts youth hostel into 300-bed COVID treatment centre

Agartala’s Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel converted into 300-bed COVID-19 treatment centre, to be used to keep patients with mild symptoms & asymptomatic persons

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: In a major development, Tripura government has decided to convert Agartala’s Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel into a 300-bed COVID-19 treatment centre, which would be supervised by Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital.

Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced the news on Twitter: “We have decided to convert Agartala's Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel into a 300-bed COVID19 treatment center and it will be under GB hospital's supervision. Now in Agartala total beds for COVID19 treatment stand at 410 (GB hospital: 80 beds, IGM: 30 beds, Bhagat Singh: 300 beds).”

The decision came after 86 persons from 86th and 138th BSF battalion including their family members tested positive for COVID-19 in Ambassa under Dhalai district since May 2.

Speaking at a press conference, additional chief secretary SK Rakesh said that the youth hostel will be used to keep the patients with mild symptoms and asymptomatic persons. This infrastructure will run alongside GBP Hospital and other COVID-19 centres.

Earlier on Thursday, Rakesh said that Tripura’s COVID-19 hospital has a capacity of 80 beds which can go up to 100. The other COVID care centre in IGM hospital has 30 beds which can handle patients whenever required.

The health department has identified hospitals in three locations — Udaipur in Gomati district, Rajnagar in South Tripura district, Dharmanagar in North Tripura district, having 10 beds each. “The chief minister on Thursday requested the health ministry to provide another real-time PCR machine for testing the COVID-19. Once we receive that machine we will use that in Dharmanagar in North Tripura since many people are coming from that part of state,” Rakesh added.

The state’s first positive case was reported on April 6 after a 45-year-old woman from Gomati district tested positive with travel history to Assam’s Guwahati. Meanwhile, the second case was reported on April 10, after a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawan tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Both the positive patients have travel history by the same train on April 19.

However, the total number of COVID-19 cases has now soared to 88 in the state after several people from the BSF Ambassa unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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