SILCHAR, July 26 - Regular chores of treating patients inside the COVID-19 ward at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) saw a bit of a change today as doctors and health workers sang and danced with their PPE kits on along with the ward inmates in an effort to spread the festive ambience and give the patients a reason to feel joyous.
Dr Bhaskar Gupta, Vice Principal of SMCH informed that this step was taken to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas and pay tribute to the braveheart soldiers who fought and laid down their lives for the country.
�The initiative by the team of doctors and health workers of the hospital was taken to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas for paying tribute to our brave soldiers. We decided to share the spirit with our patients and to cheer them up as well,� he said.
He informed that there are now 221 COVID-19 positive patients, including 18 in the MCH unit and eight in the ICU undergoing treatment, while 443 persons who have recovered from the disease have been discharged from the hospital so far.
Expressing his happiness to see the team of doctors and health workers come up to them and singing patriotic songs and ghazals, Dr Debashish Sharma, a faculty from Guru Charan College who has been in the ward for the past four days, matched footsteps and enjoyed the moments.
�Hats off to the doctors and other health workers at Silchar Medical College. Today, Dr Deepak Pandey, Dr Avinash Powar, Dr Amit Kalwar, Dr Debanjali Das and patient-cum-doctors Dr Hari and Dr Surabhi and health workers Amit Das and Sirjul arranged a singing and dancing programme at the Covid Ward of SMC to cheer up the patients. We all sang and danced with immense positivity. Thank you dear doctors for such relentless service,� Dr Sharma wrote on his Facebook profile.
Our Correspondent from Barpeta adds: Bani Service Station, which is a dealer of Hindustan Petrolium Limited, observed the 21st anniversary of the victory of India over Pakistan in Kargil with a unique programme today.
Raja Kakati, owner of the dealer made arrangements to observe the day where he distributed saplings to each customer visiting the service station.
Further, personnel of Indian Army were also felicitated in the petrol pump campus.
The Army officers were presented traditional Assamese gamusa to mark the special occasion.
Earlier, Kakati is on record to have carried out his social responsibility with elan by distributing face masks and sanitizers among the people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides, he has instituted an award in memory of Dr Banikanta Kakati, the doyen of Assamese language, which was conferred on Puja Banerjee this year.