Guwahati- Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a dedicated COVID-19 treatment unit at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Friday.
Sarma, after inaugurating the new COVID-19 centre at GMCH, said the Rs 150-crore centrally funded unit is perhaps first-of-its kind in eastern India.
“The new unit at GMCH is centrally air-conditioned and equipped with 14 Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UGVI) System, which will help in improving indoor air quality and bacteria management. Each bed has dedicated supply of medical gas,” Sarma tweeted.
The unit, housed in a new four-storey building, has 236 beds — 50 in ICUs and 186 in wards.
“Glad that the Rs 150 crore centrally funded, 4-floor-236-bed (186 ward, 50 ICU) superspeciality block at GMCH is functional and fully converted as a #Covid19 treatment unit for now,” the minister posted on his Twitter handle.
Glad that the ₹150 crore Centrally funded, 4-floor-236-bed (186 ward, 50 ICU) superspeciality block at GMCH is functional and fully converted as a #Covid19 treatment unit for now.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 29, 2020
Sarma said the latest cases could be mostly attributed to those who have recently returned to the state.
The government has mandated that all those coming from outside will have to undergo institutional quarantine. No home quarantine will be allowed for the first seven days, till the test results arrive.
Altogether 86,340 samples have been examined so far, 77,614 of which tested negative for the disease and the results of the remaining are awaited, according to the Health and Family Welfare Department.
As of date, in Assam the infection tally has reached at 910. Of the total 910 coronavirus cases in the state, 800 are active patients. Six patients were discharged from the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Friday, taking the number of recoveries to 109.
Four have succumbed to the disease in the state so far and three have migrated.