SILCHAR, Aug 26: In the wake of at least 36 deaths at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) so far amidst rising instances of COVID-19 positive cases across Barak Valley, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika has reached Silchar and reviewed the situation at the hospital.
�I was told by Minister of Health Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to visit the SMCH to review the situation with doctors and District Administration," the Minister said.
"There have been 36 deaths at the hospital and I have learnt that most patients have come for treatment at deteriorating stages."
A team of doctors from Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has accompanied the Minister to discuss and assist the SMCH doctors at this hour of crisis.
"The hospital has 16 ICU beds now and we are in the process of increasing the numbers up to at least 40 beds in the next 10 days. Also, the Government is discussing ways to tie up with private nursing homes for treatment of COVID-19 patients here,� the Minister said.