Silchar, May 17: Minister of Health and Family Welfare Keshab Mahanta, on Monday said that a target has been set for completion of ICU facilities at the 150-bedded Karimganj Civil Hospital for better treatment to COVID-19 afflicted patients here.
"So far, the arrangements to render treatment to COVID-19 afflicted patients here appears to be in order. Out of a capacity of 150 beds, there are 60 patients under treatment at the hospital now. I assure you that the pending work to complete the ICU facilities at the civil hospital will be wrapped up within the next 20 days and an oxygen generation plant would be set up in the district soon." He made it clear that no further delay in completion of the ICU at the hospital would be entertained and a daily progress report of the concerned work has to be sent to him for which necessary instructions have been given.
Sources informed that North Karimganj MLA Kamalakhya Dev Purkayastha had drawn the attention of the Health Minister for making the ICU at Karimganj Civil Hospital at the earliest. As a part of his two-day visit to Barak Valley after taking charge as the new Health Minister, Mahanta took stock of the COVID-19 management and infrastructure in Karimganj district. He will be visiting Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) on Tuesday and take stock of the COVID-19 situation in Cachar district.
The Health Minister, interacted with by Karimganj MP Kripanath Mallah and local MLAs, Krishnendu Paul, Siddique Ahmed and Bijoy Malakar, ADCs, SP, CEO, Zilla Parishad, COs and other senior officials of Health and line departments visited the Civil Hospital and learnt about the problems and facilities in providing treatment to COVID-19 patients at the Civil Hospital and other health centres of the district.
The Minister also took note of the sanitation and cleanliness issues at the Civil hospital and gave clear instructions to the concerned officials to maintain proper cleanliness at the hospital failing which strong action would be taken. The Minister stressed upon the need to keep a close watch on the containment zone with frequent visits by officials of the administration, health and police department to ensure that the SoPs are strictly adhered to. Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Anurag Goel detailed the initiatives taken by the State Government to ramp up infrastructure to deal with the COVID situation and the SoPs issued at regular intervals to contain the disease.
Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan MP apprised the Minister about the prevailing COVID situation, slew of initiatives taken by the administration to prevent further spread of the disease, availability of oxygen beds, vaccines and other equipment. The Deputy Commissioner added that comprehensive efforts have been made to enforce the SoPs received from the State Government from time to time. He pointed out the coming up of a 70-bedded COVID Care Centre at an indoor stadium in Karimganj town.