GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the health department to procure 50 lakh Rapid Antigen Test kits urgently to intensify testing in the state.
Sarma who was on his first visit to Majuli to inspect Covid 19 situation has pressed for increasing the Covid19 tests in the state to a minimum of one lakh daily. He said that more tests in the state would help the health department to understand the gravity of the situation.
On Wednesday, at least 63956 tests were done in the state out of which 5657 Covid positive cases were detected at a positivity rate of 8.85%. Currently, the state has been conducting an average of 50-60 thousand tests daily.
On Wednesday, 71 people died of Covid too.
Sarma said that oxygen beds were fast emerging as the state’s biggest challenge. The state government has already requested the Indian Army to help setting up hospitals and other infrastructures at a war foot.
“At our request, 4 Corps HQ at Tezpur has set up 5 ICU and 45 oxygen beds in Tezpur Medical College in a record time of three days. What a feat! Grateful to GOC & his team for such commendable work!” he said.
Besides, the CM also directed the health department to increase institutional quarantine, micro containment zones and Covid Care Centres in a bid to arrest surging COVID-19 cases.
With a view to tackling the pandemic with human heart, Sarma instructed to provide free food to poor people of the containment zones for two weeks.
The CM also directed to ramp up health infrastructure and ensure adequate stock of Remdesivir injections.