COVID Scare: Guwahati may run out of hospital beds soon, says Himanta Biswa Sarma
GUWAHATI: All hospitals beds in Guwahati will be filled soon if the Covid19 situation doesn’t improve in the next few days, said Himanta Biswa Sarma, health minister in the outgoing state government.
Sarma who visited the Gauhati medical college hospital (GMCH) on Tuesday and held a meeting with the faculty and health officials, termed the prevailing Covid situation in the state as alarming.
He said, “Currently, we have 600 patients admitted in GMCH and we have almost exhausted the bed in the old building. Thankfully we will add 270 more oxygen beds today by transferring the newly constructed super-speciality block as the new Covid unit. But if the situation continues to be the same, then all hospital beds in the city will be exhausted within two weeks.”
He added that the situation has become alarming as the positivity rate has gone up drastically as well as the casualty numbers.
Sources in the health department said that over 90% ICU beds in the private hospitals of the city were already filled.
Sarma informed that there were plans to create ward wise containment zones in the city. “A study will be taken to check the most Covid affected wards in the city and to find out the reasons. Those wards having high COVID cases would be possibly turned into containment zones,” he said.
On questions of possible lockdown in the state, Sarma said that usually lockdown is clamped when all hospital beds are filled or the medical facilities get exhausted and the state government is currently working to check on that.