Silchar, May 27: Amidst the rising cases of COVID-19 in Cachar district, the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), the only health institution catering to the COVID-19 treatment of people from the entire south Assam, is in dire need of an infrastructure facelift.
Till Wednesday evening, 10 people died due to COVID-19, stretching the number of deaths afflicted from the disease to over 100 while 95 patients were undergoing treatment at the 100-bedded ICU of the hospital. Under the circumstances, another 40-bedded ICU is the need for the hour for which the State Government is laying emphasis.
On Thursday, Silchar MP Dr Rajdip Roy visited the SMCH and took stock of the alarming situation related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Roy mentioned in his social media page that he had a discussion with the entire management and consultants involved with treatment of the patients directly. "Visited the proposed site for Pediatric ICU and New Oxygen plant to be put up as a Capacity Building measure at SMCH," he mentioned. He added that amidst high dependence on oxygen and increasing number of patients on ventilation especially 350 COVID admissions in the last seven days and 1100 COVID admissions in the last four weeks, the doctors and nurses are humans too and they are working like superman. He urged people to maintain COVID appropriate behavior.
On the other hand, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli visited the SMCH along with Jyotish Sarma, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) from the Public Works Department (PWD) along with other officials of the hospital to inspect the construction work of the additional oxygen generation plant and take stock of the work for expansion of oxygen ICU beds at the hospital. During the visit, the Deputy Commissioner said "work is on a war footing and quite a bit has been accomplished. This would be a great asset to the college and is extremely timely. We thank the Hon'ble Chief Minister for taking cognisance of the demand for the concerned needs from Barak Valley and sending OSD PWD to mobilise contractors for works at this crucial time."
Meanwhile Superintendent of SMCH Dr Abhijit Swami informed that 20 Pediatric ICU bed has been sanctioned. Along with 200 more oxygen supported beds. Coal India is in talks with dist administration to sponsor another 40 bed ICU. DRDO officials have come to set up another 1000 lit/min Oxygen generation plant.