BREAKING: Guwahati Hotels to Accommodate Covid 19 Patients
GUWAHATI: With Covid 19 cases constantly rising in the state and a possible shortage of intensive care units (ICU) in city hospitals looming, the state government has asked the hospitals to join hands with hotels here to accommodate Covid positive patients.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that Covid19 positive patients who don’t have any symptoms will be moved to hotels.
“The patient needs to bear the expenses of their hotel stay while the state government will treat him for free. There will be ambulances and a team of health officials available at the hotels for any emergency,” Sarma told media.
Several hotels in Guwahati have reportedly agreed to facilitate beds to private hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
He also informed that the state health department was contemplating adding 50 more ICU beds at the Guwahati medical college hospital (GMCH) which currently has readied some 81 ICU beds for Covid positive patients.
“In MMCH also 24 ICU beds were kept ready for covid positive patients. In Kalapahar hospital there are 38 ICUs and we are planning to add 30 more. From today, the Dhirenpara hospital has been transformed into a total Covid hospital too,” he added.
The health department has already asked the state’s public welfare department (PWD) to do an assessment to set up a 100 ICU bedded hospital at the city’s Khanapara playground too.