In view of rising cases of the Omicron variant in the country, the Assam government has arranged 9000 special beds including 1000 ICU beds in government hospitals across the state for COVID-19 patients.
Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday said that the state is fully prepared to tackle any situation. “We have arranged 9000 special beds in the government hospitals of the state for only COVID-19 patients, including 1000 ICU beds, 2600 Oxygen beds. Currently, 1600 ICU beds are available in the government hospitals, but we have arranged 1000 ICU beds only for COVID-19 patients,” Keshab Mahanta said.
Mahanta further said that the state government is preparing to increase the number of beds to 25,000 within a week.
The Assam government has targeted to vaccinate all students in the state age group of 15-18 years by January 9.
“The vaccination drive for the age group of 15-18 years will be started from January 3 and we have targeted to vaccinate all students of this age group by January 9. We have directed all Deputy Commissioners of the districts, Inspector of Schools Health Officers to take this as a mission,” Keshab Mahanta said.
According to the state Health department, the estimated population of the age group of 15-18 years in the state is around 18.25 lakh.
Genome sequencing facilities are now available at North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) in Jorhat. The Assam government will set up a genome sequencing laboratory at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital soon,” Keshab Mahanta said.
The Health Minister also said that construction works of six new medical colleges in the state are going on and five more medical colleges will come up.
“Currently eight medical colleges in the state are functioning and we seek permission to start Dhubri Medical College from next year. Apart from it, the construction works of six new medical colleges Nalabri, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Biswanath, Charaideo and Tinsukia, are going on. We have decided to establish five more medical colleges in the state Bongaigaon, Tamulpur, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Morigaon and we have already prepared DPR and sanctioned the cost of construction works. We hope that, the construction works of five new medical colleges will be started in next year. Construction work of one super speciality hospital in Dibrugarh is going on and one Cardio & Neuro super speciality hospital will be started in Guwahati in February next year. We have targeted to start eight cancer hospitals in the state in April next year,” Keshab Mahanta said.
He further said that the state government has targeted to convert 3,477 of Health Sub-Centre into Health and Wellness centres by March next year. “The state has now 4,600 Health Sub-Centres and out of these we have already converted 2,380 centres into Health and Wellness Centres. We have targeted to covert 3,477 sub-centres into Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) by March next year and by next year we will convert all the sub-centres into HWC,” Keshab Mahanta said.