DIBRUGARH, March 28 - In order to augment capacity to treat likely coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the region following its outbreak in the country, the Government of Assam today sought cooperation from all the nursing homes in the district here to cater to all general patients so that Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) could be reserved exclusively to treat COVID-19 patients.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between some 27 private nursing homes and Government of Assam, the private nursing homes here will treat all patients except cardio, burns, maternity and coronavirus patients from tomorrow. Government would bear the expenses under Atal Amrit Abhiyan schemes
At the Assam Medical College, the cardiology, burns and maternity departments will continue to function. However, the maternity services may be shifted elsewhere if the COVID-19 cases overwhelm the medical college capacities.
The empanelled nursing homes and diagnostic facilities include Referral Hospital & Research Centre, HM Hospital, St Lukes Hospital, Dr Damani�s Nursing Home, Holy Child Clinic & Hospital, Astha Hospital, Madonna Diagnostics, Medicare Diagnostics & Hospital, Pooja Hospital, Srishti Hospital, Sanjivani Hospital, Life Care Nursing Home, MGM Hospital, GM Hospital, MF Hospital, Aditya Hospital, Archana Orthopaedics Hospital, VG Hospital, Marwari Aarogya Bhawan, Urovision Hospital, Brahmaputra Hospital, Aziz Diagnostics and Polyclinic, Eye Care Home, HM Hospital & Research Centre, Srimanta Sankardev Hospital, Bharat Laboratory and Sun Diagnostics.
Holding a meeting with the proprietors of nursing homes at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner here today, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that AMCH will admit all COVID-19 patients besides catering to cardio, maternity, burns and emergency cases.
Patients who don�t have Atal Amrit Abhiyan cards will also be treated in nursing homes. However, they are advised to collect their cards from the office of the Joint Director, Health and Family Welfare from tomorrow. Private nursing homes that are equipped to treat cardio and maternity patients are allowed to continue with their services.
Sarma also announced that a 300-bed capacity temporary pre-fabricated hospital to handle the present pandemic situation will be constructed here within next two months for which land will be identified tomorrow. A similar facility will also come up in Guwahati and at three more cities of the State.