SILCHAR, March 24 - Following the directions of Cachar Deputy Commissioner, the Silchar Civil Hospital has been turned into Covid-19 hospital on Tuesday. This is a pre-emptive step to be ready to deal with emergency situations, said District Media Expert, National Health Mission, Cachar, Suman Choudhury.
Briefing the media, Choudhury informed that barring OPD, the Civil Hospital with 60 beds shall focus exclusively on treatment of coronavirus, should there be case(s) detected. No new indoor patient would be admitted at the hospital till the ongoing health emergency subsides. �As per the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, as a preemptive measure, the Civil hospital shall be performing operations as Covid-19 hospital from now onwards. We have 60 beds and 24 doctors here.�
Dr Ajit Kumar Bhattacharjee, the district nodal officer on Covid-19 on behalf of the District Health Society also shared his views saying that even if the hospital does not have ICU or ventilators, if any case(s) come up, the hospital shall be able to provide preliminary treatment.
Dr Bhattacharjee informed that as many as 1647 persons have been screened across various entry points of the district so far including 385 passengers who had reached Silchar before the lockdown. �There are 192 patients kept on home quarantine across Cachar district including 67 new passengers who have arrived here from Covid-19 affected places. We are stamping the persons kept on home quarantine and 138 tea garden labourers working in places outside the district have returned to their homes so far. Thirty-seven 37 medical teams are working on the ground and visiting homes of the quarantined persons for regular health updates,� Dr Bhattacharjee added.
On the other hand, Dr Bhaskar Gupta, Vice Principal of Silchar Medical College and Hospital informed that along with treatment facilities for adults, the SMCH has started a paediatric Covid-19 ward with five ICUs. Also, for confirmed cases there are six beds while for suspected cases eight beds have been kept ready, he said. �There are no positive cases detected at SMCH so far. The report of a patient from Karimganj has turned out to be negative,� the doctor added.