GUWAHATI: With Covid 19 cases constantly rising in the state and a imaginable scarcity of intensive care units (ICU) in city hospitals looming, the state government has asked the hospitals to enroll in hands with hotels here to accommodate Covid positive patients.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that Covid19 positive patients who don’t have any symptoms will be moved to hotels.
“The patient needs to affect the expenses of their hotel stay while the state government will treat him for free. There will be ambulances and a team of health officials to be had at the hotels for any emergency,” Sarma told media.
Several hotels in Guwahati have reportedly agreed to facilitate beds to private hospitals for the remedy of COVID-19 patients.
He also informed that the state health branch was once contemplating adding 50 more ICU beds at the Guwahati medical college hospital (GMCH) which currently has readied some 81 ICU beds for Covid positive patients.
“In MMCH also 24 ICU beds were kept in a position for covid positive patients. In Kalapahar hospital there are 38 ICUs and we are planning to add 30 more. From today, the Dhirenpara hospital has been transformed into a complete Covid hospital too,” he added.
The health branch has already asked the state’s public welfare branch (PWD) to do an assessment to establish a 100 ICU bedded hospital at the city’s Khanapara playground too.