Assam has sufficient stock of oxygen, Remdesivir: Himanta

“The COVID situation should improve in the next seven to 10 days,” Sarma said.

Assam has enough stock of COVID medicine such as Remdesivir injections apart from surplus oxygen in the state, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed here on Friday.

“We have a sufficient stock of Remdesivir injections. Besides, the central government has allotted 25 metric tonnes of oxygen to the state every day, which is being brought from two locations in West Bengal,” Sarma said.

As it is, the state’s total oxygen-producing capacity had by the end of last month gone up to 67.8 metric tonnes.

“Another 14 MT oxygen will be added tomorrow as we have made an old facility functional,” the Chief Minister said after reviewing the COVID-19 situation and took stock of availability of oxygen, essential medicine, ICU beds, etc.

“The COVID situation should improve in the next seven to 10 days,” Sarma said.

“We have released Rs 19 crore to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for setting up a 300-bed hospital with oxygen facilities at Sarusajai in Guwahati,” he added.

The facility will have 100 ICU beds and 200 oxygen beds.

A 200 ICU bed COVID hospital on the car parking lot of GMCH along with 24 ICUs at Kalapahar were also on the anvil.

Regarding vaccination, he informed that 27.56 lakh people have been vaccinated till now in the state and 3.70 lakh vaccines are available.

The chief minister directed the GMCH authority to take steps for providing round-the-clock service to the COVID patients.

Sarma instructed the authorities to provide immediate treatment to COVID patients even during late night hours by the on-duty doctors while ensuring regular monitoring of the patients.

He stressed on strengthening tele-medicine system and distribution of free oximeters to poor patients staying in home isolation.

The chief minister further instructed the health department for pressing 100 additional ambulances into service to quickly bringing patients to COVID care centres or COVID hospitals.

Sarma informed that efforts have been taken to conduct one lakh tests daily in the state, while 20,000 people would be tested daily in Guwahati from May 17.

He also informed that from May 17 onwards, COVID patients, above the age of 50, who do not have separate toilets attached to rooms in their houses would have to be mandatorily shifted to COVID care centres or hospitals.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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