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Corona Care Centre at under-construction IIM building in Meghalaya

By STAFF correspondent

SHILLONG, May 7 - The under-construction Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Umsawli has been temporarily converted into a 250-bed Corono Care Centre.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated the centre today and said that the State Government equipped the building with all the requisite facilities within one month�s time.

The IIM, Shillong, was supposed to shift to its new complex at Umsawli near Mawdiangdiang, but since the complex is yet to be fully completed, the State Government requested the management for its use as a temporary Corona Care Centre.

The Chief Minister said that the facility would be used if there are COVID-19 cases. The State Government engaged different departments, including the Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering, Central PWD, Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited and the engineering wing of the IIM, to prepare the centre.

The complex has 258 rooms and it will house 70 officials, including doctors, nurses, technicians and other support staff. It includes hostel rooms and other facilities. During the past one month, 38 electric poles connecting the nearby power substation to the IIM building, have been installed.

The complex has four floors and will have an OPD, pharmacy, X-Ray room, sampling room, laboratory and other medical facilities. The ground floor has been earmarked for the support staff. Patients will be kept on the floors above.

The BSNL has provided telephone and Internet connectivity. CCTVs have also been installed and 10 cabs will be used for transportation of support teams. A police unit has also been stationed for round-the-clock duty.

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