We are putting up best efforts to defeat  COVID-19: Sonowal

GUWAHATI: In the wake of  unabated increase in the number of  COVID-19 cases in the state which has crossed over 9000 as on date, Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday expressed confidence that the state would be able tackle the challenge successfully.

Sonowal said that the State Government in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic had made all out efforts including setting up of designated COVID hospitals to ensure best health care services to the COVID positive patients. He said that due to proactive steps of the Health Department; altogether six thousand patients could be discharged so far while around three thousand are undergoing treatment.

Sonowal  on Friday visited the COVID Care Centres being set up by the Health Department at IIT Guwahati and Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in view of rising numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in the State and took stock of the arrangements put in place at the Centres.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika and other senior officials of the Health Department who were present at the centres apprised the Chief Minister about the facilities being made available at the centres.

Noteworthy that while provision is made for 800 isolation beds at IIT Guwahati, another 440 beds are kept ready at the COVID Care Centre at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre.

Further urging the people of the State to maintain strict adherence to the guidelines of the Health Department issued in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to keep the people safe and healthy and accordingly has made dedicated efforts. He also appreciated the people of Guwahati to follow the norms of the ongoing lockdown in the city.

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