Assam evacuates hospitals to make them the only Covid-19 treatment center

GUWAHATI: The health department began evacuating two hospitals Monday to make them exclusive Covid-19 facilities as the state placed itself at the highest level of preparedness for the worst-case scenario of a new coronavirus outbreak. So far, the state has not reported any new positive cases.

The department has asked all district authorities to identify university, college and hotel shelters to keep mildly affected patients in isolation if necessary.

The department evacuated the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital eye hospital and a 200-bed district hospital in Sonapur on the outskirts of Guwahati top and converted them into hospitals for the exclusive treatment of Covid-19 disease.

The health minister said: “We have closed the ophthalmological hospital at GMCH and the patients there will move to Srimanta Sankardeva Netralaya. We will discuss Covid-19 here. The Sonapur District Hospital will now only take care of Covid-19 patients.

He added that, in principle, he decided to convert the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in the city to treat Covid-19 cases only if necessary.

Sarma said district administration is identifying shelters in colleges, universities and hotels as places of forced quarantine or isolation for lightly infected people. If necessary, we will take care of these hostels and hotels, Sarma said.

He said elective surgeries at all medical universities have been suspended and OPD patients are told to go to district hospitals instead of medical universities. The installation of OPD in medical school will be restricted to emergency patients, he said.

Until now we have remained free of Covid-19. As of Monday afternoon, we have sent 169 samples for analysis. So far we have received 148 results, all of which are negative and we are waiting for results for 21 samples, ”said Sarma.

He said there are 150 ICU beds with ventilators ready in the state for treating patients with Covid-19. We are getting more fans, he said.