New Delhi: The Assam government on Thursday opened a 300-bed COVID-19 hospital at a stadium complex in Guwahati to deal with the ongoing pandemic.
The hospital, built in 20 days at a cost of Rs 21.46 crore, was built with the help of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and handed over to the state government, which completed its first month of office on Thursday.
Established in an area of 3,200 square meters, the hospital at Sarusajai Stadium has 200 beds in general ward and 100 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds with oxygen facility. It also has an X-ray room, pharmacy, ultrasound, ECG room and laboratory.
“Since assuming charge, we have been able to set up 390 ICU beds and 2,684 oxygen beds across the state to cater to COVID-19 patients,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said after inaugurating the new facility.
He said, “Due to our advanced planning, we are able to supply oxygen to the patients as well as to help the neighboring states of the Northeast deal with the situation. The new facility will go a long way in our fight against the pandemic.”
On May 10, the day the new cabinet took oath, 5,803 Covid cases were registered in the state. Within the next 10 days, the figure rose to 6,573 on May 20. The disease used to cause about 80-90 deaths every day and hospitals were overcrowded with patients.
The daily numbers have now come down to around 3,800 cases and around 40 deaths. The positivity rate was 9% a month ago, it has come down to around 3% now. The state currently has over 49,000 active COVID cases.