HAILAKANDI: A long felt need will be fulfilled with the coming up of a 20 bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the SK Roy Civil Hospital. Disclosing this, Superintendent of the civil hospital, Dr.Sudip Kumar Chakrabarty said the 20 bedded ICU will come up in the hospital thus fulfilling a long felt need of the people of the district. Dr.Chakrabarty said though there is space constraints due to the setting up of the COVID-19 designated isolation ward, the ICU facility will come up in between the COVID and non-COVID wards.
He said that the National Health Mission, Assam has sent the ventilators and other apparatus on Friday for setting up the much-needed ICU. The Superintendent said health functionaries, including nurses would be trained up to man the ICU round the clock. Dr. Chakrabarty thanked the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma for making the ICU possible within a short span of time. The health authorities here said that the ICU facility would enable treatment of critical and serious patients as such cases are referred to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMC&H), about 46 km away from district headquarters of Hailakandi. Moreover, they point out at a time of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the ICU would be highly beneficial to the COVID afflicted patients as SMC&H is hard pressed to accommodate more patients in view of spike in corona positive cases in the Barak Valley, especially Cachar district. The government-run district hospital, named after former MLA Santosh Kumar Roy in Hailakandi town, was established way back in 1992.