Assam CM inaugurates 200-bedded COVID ICU in Guwahati


GUWAHATI: Adding more teeth to Assam’s medical infrastructure to make health care facilities more accessible, affordable and advanced, Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday inaugurated 200-bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

Dr Sarma launched the ICU in the presence of health minister Keshab Mahanta and MLA Taranga Gogoi.

The ICU with the 200 beds, 4 dialysis beds, 80000 litre liquid medical oxygen tank and fire detection and prevention system have been readied involving an expenditure of Rs 20 crore.

Moreover, CM Sarma handed over appointment letters to 896 staff nurses under National Health Mission (NHM).

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister asked NHM to tie up with NGOs and set up oxygen concentrator bank in each district of the state to meet oxygen requirement of any patient suffering from post-COVID complications.

He also directed the health department to install ECMO in all the eight medical colleges and hospitals of Assam.