700-Bed Quarantine Center In Assam In A Week, Trains More Medical Staff

Assam govt is constructing quarantine centre for suspected cases, while it will also be training final year MBBS & nursing students treatment protocol.

Guwahati: The Assam government is building a massive quarantine centre to keep COVID-19 patients, state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has tweeted. The move comes after the centre asked the states to keep some hospitals only to quarantine and attend to people infected with the coronavirus.

“A large quarantine centre will be established at the Sarusojai Sports Complex, Guwahati with capacity for about 700 people. This morning visited the site to take stock of preparedness and the facility. It shall be ready in a week’s time,” Mr Sarma tweeted.

Moreover, another 1000-bedded facility could be constructed at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati, while four other hospitals with 300 capacity each are being converted into COVID 19 treatment facilities, besides the government medical colleges and hospitals being made dedicated COVID 19 facilities, the minister said.

He further informed that talks are on with L&T for construction of a few temporary COVID 19 dedicated hospitals with life span of four years, and said the government could take people’s assistance for the purpose if the project comes through.

“People are offering monetary assistance to the government. We want to tell them that we have the funds for the Health part as of now. If the construction happens, we could need assistance and then, we will approach the people,” Sarma said.

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“As of now, there are no positive COVID 19 cases in the state,” he added.

The minister further informed that training module for about 700 MBBS students in final year and 2000 students in final year of nursing has been prepared and they will be trained to deal with COVID 19 from March 26.

The department is also fast-tracking appointing of 300-400 ward boys and girls who have already completed all recruitment process and only declaration of result was awaited to enlist more manpower, he said.

Dr Sarma said doctors from the state who have trained outside or are working in private sector here have volunteered to help the government, while the private hospitals in the state are also ready to enlist their young doctors for government work if the situation demands.

(Input from Agencies)

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