GUWAHATI: Assam hospitals may exhaust all its resources if the COVID19 situation doesn’t improve by December. Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma feared that Assam’s health care system which has been already undergoing tremendous stress may ‘collapse’ if the rising of COVID19 cases in the state continues.
Sarma said, “Everything has a limit. So far it’s manageable but if the situation doesn’t change and public comes out to celebrate Durga Puja in October, the situation may worsen. The death rate will go up because the ICUs in the hospitals of the state are drying out.”
He informed that the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) may run out shortly in October first week with the current trend of COVID19 cases in the city.
Sarma said, “Already, the ICUs in Dibrugarh medical college hospital are all filled. Though the situation is not like this in GMCH yet it will also face a similar crisis in October first week if the numbers of COVID 19 patients don’t go down.” Already, the work of setting up additional ICUs at the Kalapahar hospital here has started.
He added that already in Dibrugarh, COVID 19 patients in need of ICUs and oxygen have been suffering every day. At least 25 patients in Dibrugarh are suffering on a daily basis due to the unavailability of ICUs, he added.
Currently, the state has been registering an average of 2,500 COVID19 positive patients daily and the state’s doubling rate was at 30 days. “Even if we consider that the current trend prevails, then the total numbers of COVID19 positive patients may cross 5 lakh by December and it will be a crisis,” he said.
Assam recorded the highest single-day spike of 14 COVID-19 deaths during the last 24 hours with 18 deaths. With the latest deaths, the total number of COVID19 deaths in the state stood at 396. Assam currently has a total of 1, 33, 066 COVID 19 positive cases.