With the total number of coronovirus cases in Assam likely to cross the 1,000 mark by the end of this week, the state is expanding its health infrastructure on a war footing. The first brand Swanki Super Specialty COVID-19 Hospital in the Northeast has opened in Guwahati, where symptomatic and severe coronavirus positive patients will be treated. Government sources said the 200-bed hospital will be “fully operational” by Monday.
The new hospital is one of only a few in the country to have its air conditioning system imported from Canada exclusively by UV ray devices. It has 50 state-of-the-art ICU beds with ventilators and 150 isolation beds for COVID-19 patients.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Verma told NDTV, “It is a super specialty COVID hospital with an operation theater and microbiology lab, so it can treat any complication associated with COVID.” Press conference on the guidelines of the opening ceremony of the hospital.
The hospital, costing Rs 150 crore, initially had plans to build a super specialty hospital for the Guwahati Medical College, but with the status of COVID-19, the Assam government decided to convert it into a Coronavirus Super Specialty Hospital. Work was also happening fast.
The Assam Health Secretary says that despite the majority of cases being asymptomatic, the state is ready for serious cases.
“By now we are receiving the majority of asymptomatic or mild coronovirus-infected cases that do not need ICU or super-specialty support, but with spikes in cases, we will have to plan for situations where we get more serious cases. And that’s where it is. ” Assam Health Secretary Sameer Sinha told NDTV that convenience will play an important role in our fight against the epidemic.
Mr. Sinha said that doctors, nurses and paramedics have already been deployed for the new hospital and have undergone COVID-19 training.
He said that there is a target to create 5,000 beds in hospitals for COVID-19 patients in Assam.
The spike has been seen in many cases in Assam and the Northeast since interstate movements were allowed. Assam which has reported more than 900 COVID-19 cases so far.