Guwahati- To address the surge in the cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today after chairing series of high-level meetings decided to ramp up the availability of hospital beds.
The Assam Health minister chaired series of high-level meetings today to ensure that adequate hospital beds are made available for the needy COVID-19 patients as Assam currently suffers from a steep surge in the cases of the novel coronavirus.
In the meeting with the PWD department and GMCH healthcare provider, it was discussed that hat PWD will immediately start work on the construction of 256 and 24 new ICU beds at GMCH and Kalapahar Covid Hospitals, respectively. Read more
Himanta Biswa Sarma also announced that the GOC 4 Corps of the Indian Army has consented to start the construction of a 60-bedded ICU at Tezpur Medical College which will, in turn, prove to be immensely beneficial for the medical healthcare infrastructure of Assam.
The Assam Health Minister also announced that the state government is in talks with DRDO India for setting up a 300-bed hospital with Oxygen facilities at Guwahati.
On Thursday, Assam witnessed an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases amounting to 4,936 fresh infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,77,687. The highest contributing district is Kamrup Metro with 1,353 cases followed by Dibrugarh with 484 cases, Kamrup Rural with 454 cases, and Nagaon with 275 cases. The state's total active cases stand at 31,829. 46 COVID-induced fatalities have been reported in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate in the state is 8.04% while the recovery rate for this deadly contagious viral infection is 87.50%.
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