SILCHAR, Aug 29 - In what could be called a serious development, as many as 76 COVID-19 affected patients at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) have been put under oxygen support.
Dr Bhaskar Gupta, vice principal of SMCH, told The Assam Tribune on Saturday, �Currently, 301 active COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital and among them 76 are on oxygen support, including 60 patients being attended with oxygen care at the COVID-19 ward of the hospital. While majority of the patients coming to the hospital are aged, a 92-year-old patient is under treatment among the 16 patients at the ICU of the hospital. Condition of 21 patients is critical. �
Meanwhile, the SMCH COVID-19 testing laboratory has conducted RT-PCR tests of 83,040 swab samples yielding 4,102 COVID-19 positive cases and registered one casualty with co-morbid factors in the last 24 hours.
Asked about the 40-bed ICU setup, quick availability of which was assured by Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika in his recent visit to the hospital, Dr Gupta informed that work to complete ICUs is progressing on war footing and Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli had recently visited the spot to take stock of the pace of work. The ICUs are likely to be available by first week of September, Dr Gupta informed.