Tezpur( Assam), May 29 :With the aim to bolster the Government’s fight against COVID-19, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today inaugurated a 100-bedded Maternity and Child Health Wing of Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur here today which will be converted to a COVID19 treatment facility.
The 100-bedded MCH wing (G+2 storied RCC building) along with accommodation for staff located at Paruwa in Tezpur has been built at a total cost of Rs. 21.86 crore and the facility will become functional after its formal inauguration today.
It will, however, at the moment be used as a COVID19 treatment facility to treat asymptomatic patients in Sontipur district while symptomatic and more serious cases will be referred to Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, the other designated COVID19 treatment facility in Sonitpur.
Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma was accompanied by Minister of state for Health & FW Pijush Hazarika, MP of Tezpur HPC, Pallab Lochan Das, MLA of Tezpur Brindabon Goswami, MLA of Sootea LAC, Padma Hazarika, MLA of Dhekiajuli LAC, Ashok Singhal, MLA of Biswanath LAC, Promod Borthakur, MLA of Borchalla LAC Ganesh Limboo, Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur Manavendra Pratap Singh and other senior health department officials.
Earlier, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Defence Research Laboratory – Defence Research and Development Oragnisation, Tezpur, Assam and inaugurated the newly-created DRL Centre for COVID 19 testing facilities and was briefed by Dr SK Dwivedi, Director, DRL and his team of scientists. The Assam Government has initiated efforts with DRDO and ICMR to develop DRL-DRDO, Tezpur as one of recognised centres for COVID 19 sample testing.
Minister Dr Sarma also held a meeting with medical superintendents and doctors at Tezpur Medical College and Hospital in the presence of Sonitpur district administration officials to discuss the preparedness to tackle COVID19 in the district.(DIPR)