Guwahati running out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

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The Gauhati Medical College & Hospital is left with just six ICU beds as the COVID-19 situation in the state and especially in Guwahati deteriorates.

While interacting with the media, Himanta Biswa Sarma has stated that if the current rate of positive cases in Guwahati continues, the hospitals will run out of vacant beds in two weeks to accommodate the COVID-19 patients.

“We have asked the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M) to study the concentration of COVID-19 patients in the different wards of the district, and the causes in the wards with high number of such cases. If required we will have to impose containment zone ward-wise,” Sarma said.

He added that those wards where the number of COVID-19 positive cases are more than the average in Guwahati will be declared conatinment zones to reduce pressure on the hospitals.

As per Himanta Biswa Sarma, 30-35 patients are dying daily of COVID-19 in Assam.

“The old building of GMCH does not have any vacant bed as 600 patients are already undergoing treatment. Now we will be utilizing the Superspeciality block for treating COVID-19 patients and 270 oxygen beds are being prepared,” said Sarma.

The pandemic situation has severely deteriorated since 1st May and people have been asked to be cautious. But nothing has been decided on imposing lockdown as of now.

Sarma will be meeting with medical authorities today to discuss the extension of hospital beds in Guwahati.

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