TEZPUR, March 23 - State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today paid a visit to the Tezpur Medical College and Hospital at Tumuki in Sonitpur district today and reviewed various facilities available in the isolation ward. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika; MLA, Borsola, Ganesh Limboo; Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Samir Sinha; Deputy Commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Satyajit Chetia; Principal cum Chief Superintendent, TMCH, Dr Karuna Hazarika and others.
He later held a meeting with the Principal and doctors of the hospital in the TMCH auditorium and asked them to be prepared for any susceptible situation and be mentally prepared to deal with a large load of COVID-19 patients in the district.
He said the State government is taking all kinds of preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus by taking lessons learnt from other States in the country. He appealed to the doctors to sincerely carry out their regular duties and remain alert to provide support to outside hospitals if and when necessary.
Dr Sarma asked the doctors to keep themselves updated with the latest research being done in this field and strictly follow the treatment protocol issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. He also asked the TMCH authorities to train the medical, paramedical staff and take steps to decongest the TMCH to the maximum extent possible.
The Minister also appealed to the doctors to dedicate themselves to the cause of humanity in these trying times. At the same time, he asked all doctors and health workers to use protective gear while dealing with COVID-19 positive patients. He also mentioned that for the COVID-19 test there would be a high-tech laboratory in TMCH. However, expressing his serious concern over the situation following COVID-19 spread, Dr Sharma mentioned that people in Assam are not maintaining social distance to combat the situation. He urged the people to cooperate in this regard and said that if necessary after discussion with the Chief Minister decision on lockdown will be taken.