Assam CM inaugurates 300-bed COVID hospital at Sarusajai Sports Complex
A 300-bed COVID Care Hospital at Sarusajai Sports Complex, built in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in less than a month, was inaugurated by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma here on Thursday.
"This is a significant step taken by us against our fight against COVID-19, as once we have adequate ICU beds and oxygen at our disposal, then we can ensure effective treatment. We're grateful to DRDO India for having been a generous partner in this critical project. This also is a fine example of Centre-state collaboration," Sarma said after inaugurating the hospital.
Constructed at Rs 21.46 crore, the hospital will act as an annex to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and strengthen Assam's COVID management capabilities. It shall ease the burden on other hospitals of the state.
The hospital is equipped with a liquid oxygen tank to ensure a continuous supply of oxygen to patients. The tank will be refilled weekly.
"The hospital will have a life span of five years which can be further extended. The hospital will have 100 ICU beds. Oxygen facility can be made available to the other 200 beds as well," the chief minister said.
"Another 100 ICU beds are coming up at Guwahati Medical College Hospital in the next 10 days. So with these additional beds, COVID-19 treatment at MMC Hospital and Singimari will come to a halt and the two facilities can from now onwards cater to non-COVID patients," he said.
Besides, the 20-bed ICU and 32 oxygen-supported beds at Kalapahar COVID Care Hospital, an annex of GMCH, was also inaugurated by the chief minister.
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