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Playground, trade centre converted to COVID hospital in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: In view of unabated spike in COVID-19 cases in Guwahati city, Assam Health Department has coverted a playground and a sprawling trade centre to 900-bed and 500-bed COVID Care Hospitals in the city to cater to the rising demand of hospital beds.
The city requires at least 3000 hospital beds now to treat COVID-19 patients. Health Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a 900-bed COVID Care Hospital at Khanapara playground in the city today while another 500-bed hospital is being readied at the sprawling Manuram Dewan Trade Centre near the ISBT in the city.
About 1500 persons were detected with COVID-19 infection in the city during the last seven days till last night while there are only 1538 beds available in government health care centres for COVID patients in an around Guwahati city.
Meanwhile, Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma today instructed the private hospitals in Guwahati to set up specialised facilities and dedicated teams for COVID-19 management.
Himanta held a meeting with all the city’s private hospitals and discussed the necessary preparedness to combat COVID- 19 in the city.
‘In view of the rising number of cases, and likely further escalation, we held a meeting with all private hospitals in Guwahati and instructed them to set up specialised facility and dedicated teams for #COVID19 management. We are in tough times and all must contribute their bit, ‘ Himanta tweeted.
Himanta expressed apprehension that the number of COVID cases in the city may further escalate.
Assam reported another 408 more COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, out of which 378 cases are reported from Guwahati city alone, Himanta mentioned.