COVID-19 Assam: Hospital Bed Crisis Looms

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Assam is facing a severe crisis of hospital beds for the COVID-19 treatment, sources report

Admitting to the ongoing crisis of hospital beds, health minister Pijush Hazarika said the government has decided to conduct treatment of mildly and moderately symptomatic patients in COVID care centres.

The Centre had also sanctioned Rs 97.49 crore proposal of the Assam government in August to build Health-related infrastructure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rs 730 crore for various expenses related to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state. Out of the total Rs 730.72 crore spent, Rs 579.9 crore was released by the state health and family welfare department and National Health Mission (NHM), while the remaining Rs 150.81 crore was spent by the revenue and disaster management department, Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said recently.

Meanwhile, Assam’s total coronavirus caseload has crossed 1.25 lakhs since the first case that was reported on March 31 in Karimganj.

The COVID data shows on an average Assam detects more than 1000 new cases every day that escalates up to 2500 on odd days. Guwahati has been more than 500 cases each day.

These statistics have created a tense and grim situation for both public and private health facilitators.

An Assam Tribune report also stated, “ICU beds in GMCH and MMCH are almost full, and other beds are also likely to be filled up if the situation does not change soon”.

The death toll has also pushed to 360 while the active cases in the state are 28273.

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