Assam: MMC Hospital in Guwahati to be dedicated to COVID patients from April 20
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday informed that the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) at Panbazar here would be converted into a “COVID hospital” from April 20 onwards in view of the growing demand for COVID beds in the city.
“Only maternity and out-patient department (OPD) services will remain operational at MMCH while general patients admitted in the hospital will in the interim be shifted to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH),” Sarma told newsmen after a review of the preparedness and arrangements for treatment of patients at Kalapahar COVID hospital here.
Additional healthcare set-ups dedicated to the treatment of COVID patients would be set up in the next four days.
“COVID hospitals will be opened at Sarusajai, Nehru Stadium, Patanjali (Mirza), MSME Amingaon, Singimari Hospital, Kalitakuchi Hospital and Rahman Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences in the next four days,” Sarma said.
Besides, the health minister informed preliminary discussions would be held soon to take a decision on the need to set up COVID care centres (like last year) at Khanapara, Palasbari and Sarusajai.
He revealed Bihu functions (which continue for the month) and other events in districts reporting over 300 COVID-19 cases per day might not be allowed by the respective Deputy Commissioners.
The minister informed that vaccines, medical oxygen and Remdesivir injections were currently available to meet the demand.
“As on date, we have 5.98 doses of COVID vaccines,” he said.
Sarma further informed that the UK strain of coronavirus, “which is lighter and spreads faster” has been detected in the state.
“The number of serious COVID patients is increasing, doctors inform. The demand for beds too is growing in the city,” Sarma added.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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