Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Tuesday that the second wave of COVID-19 has had a “highly serious” effect on the northeastern state, necessitating the strengthening of medical infrastructure.
Mr. Sarma appealed to the public through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to donate generously to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund or the Assam Arogya Nidhi account to aid the government’s response to the pandemic.
“In Assam, the second wave of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact. Under this context, the state’s medical facilities must be strengthened further “According to a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Office.
Mr. Sarma said that the pandemic has become humanity’s “greatest health threat” and has resulted in untold misery and the loss of many precious lives.
“The Assam government has taken a number of measures to address this extraordinary crisis. We also made strenuous efforts to upgrade our hospital facilities, including the addition of ICU beds and COVID-19 Care Centers. Additionally, we increased our oxygen production and storage.”
“Your contributions would be used exclusively to combat COVID-19. The government will periodically issue a registry of contributors, and all contributions will be tax-deductible “he said.
Mr. Sarma, who was the health minister at the time, made parallel appeals to the public during the first round of COVID-19 last year.
Though the sum donated to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund was not disclosed, Mr. Sarma told the state Assembly in September that 116.1 crores had been collected in the Assam Arogya Nidhi account from 53,534 individuals.
On April 21, Mr. Sarma declared that Assam will offer vaccinations to citizens aged 18 to 44 for free, with funds raised last year by Assam Arogya Nidhi.
On Monday, Assam recorded a record 92 deaths from COVID-19, while the number of COVID-19 cases reached an all-time high of 6,394, bringing the overall infection count to 3,35,023.