In preparation for a potential third wave, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a football stadium-turned 300-bed COVID-19 hospital on Thursday at the Sarusajai Stadium complex in Guwahati.
A disastrous second wave of infections, which erupted in April and May, appears to be on the decline after governments implemented lockdowns and curfews to break the transmission cycle.
"We have been able to set up 309 ICU beds and 2,684 oxygen beds all over the state to cater to COVID-19 patients," said the Assam Chief Minister.
"Due to our advanced planning, we have been able to cater to the oxygen needs of our patients as well as supply it to neighbouring states in the northeast to help them tackle the situation," he added.
The hospital, which cost 21.46 crore, was constructed in 20 days with assistance from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The Assam CM sites this as an excellent example of 'center-state collaboration.'
The Hospital will have a 5-year lifespan that can be extended. The hospital will include 100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds. According to Himanta Biswa Sarma, the oxygen service can be extended to the remaining 200 beds.
The hospital is equipped with liquid oxygen tank to guarantee that patients have a constant supply of oxygen. It will be replenished on a weekly basis, said the Assam CM. COVID patients will now be eligible to be treated at GMCH and DRDO hospitals, he added.
Sarusajai Stadium Complex, which was built in 2007 in preparation for the National Games, was transformed into a football stadium, with a portion of it transformed into a hospital.
In June of last year, it was converted into a Covid Care and quarantine facility for screening and isolating people entering the state from other regions of the country.
It comprises 200 oxygen beds in the main ward and 100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds over an area of 3,200 square metres. It also has an X-ray room, a pharmacy, an ultrasound room, an ECG room, and a laboratory.
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