JORABAT, March 25 - Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro Biswajit Pegu today visited the Sonapur District Hospital here to take stock of the progress of work currently under way to create a set-up dedicated to fighting novel coronavirus.
Pegu, accompanied by the Sonapur Circle Officer Jennifer Yasmin Choudhury, also reviewed the preventive measures put in place against COVID-19 in the hospital.
It may be mentioned that the State Health and Family Welfare Minister Pijush Hazarika during his recent visit to the district hospital had stated that along with the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, the 200-bed Sonapur District Hospital would be turned into a set-up dedicated to fighting COVID-19.
Briefing about the arrangements, the DC said, �Following the measures to keep a three-meter distance between the beds, the Sonapur District Hospital will now have only 50 dedicated beds for novel coronavirus related patients as of now, while it might be increased if the situation arises.�
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities informed that the OPD section will remain closed as the hospital is gearing up to attain a standard required specifically for COVID-19 related cases, while the OPD patients can avail the facilities at the Sonapur CHC and Khetri health centre.
The DC urged the people who had recently come from other states to remain in home quarantine for 14 days and help arrest the virus during this lockdown.
Replying to a question on the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, including vegetables and fruits, he asked the people through the media to complain about such incidents, following which the Food and Civil Supplies department will take action on such traders.
It may be mentioned that many groceries have run out of stock at Jorabat and its nearby areas, and the shop owners are complaining that the unscrupulous wholesale traders are hoarding stuff like rice, potatoes and onions to raise the prices of these commodities.