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COVID-19 remains grim in Kamrup (M)

After the referendum, COVID-19 cases in Assam and Kamrup (Metro) have been steadily increasing.

According to state government records, only 17276 active cases and 219 deaths have been recorded from Kamrup between May 1 and May 12. (Metro).

It is worth noting here that on May 11, a major increase in cases and deaths was recorded. On this day, 1585 cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded, and 35 people died as a result of the infection.

Additionally, in view of the number of COVID-19 patients, Principal Secretary to the Health and Family Welfare, Anurag Goel, directed in a letter to Deputy Commissioner Kamrup (M) to create additional COVID Care Centers (CCC) outside state government hospitals/institutions in the region.

Additionally, as mentioned in the letter, it has been determined that CCCs will be operational at the following locations in phases based on caseload. The coordinates are as follows:

Delhi Public School, Ahomgaon, has a bed capacity of 900-970, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Institute, Guwahati, has a bed capacity of 300, IIT, Guwahati, has a bed capacity of 500, IIHM, Guwahati, has a bed capacity of 500, Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, has a bed capacity of 800, Veterinary College, Guwahati, has a bed capacity of

Additionally, the deputy commissioner is asked to delegate minimal repair/renovation work to local PWD authorities.

It is worth noting that Guwahati currently has four Covid Care Centers: Sarusajai with 430 beds, SIRD with 274 beds, Royal Global University with 900 beds, and Rituraj Hotel with 80 beds.

On the other side, Guwahati’s hospitals, which include the GMCH with a bed capacity of 877, the MMCH with a bed capacity of 222, the Sonapur District Hospital with a bed capacity of 147, the Kalapahar Covid Care Hospital with a bed capacity of 162, and the Ayurvedic College and Hospital with a bed capacity of 120, are all close to capacity.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has transformed 288 of its passenger coaches into Covid treatment isolation wards and is equipping the current six railway hospitals with oxygen plants, according to NFR General Manager Anshul Gupta.

While speaking to the media remotely from the NFR’s headquarters in Maligaon, near Guwahati, Gupta said that the NFR has provided care facilities for Covid positive patients in six of its railway hospitals totaling 354 beds.

Each of these specialized wards is equipped with all of the necessary healthcare resources for the treatment of Covid-positive patients with moderate symptoms. Since last month, 477 Covid patients have been received in railway hospitals, according to an official.

On average, 1,500 cases are found daily in the Kamrup (Metropolitan) area. This represents approximately 25% of all cases detected daily in the state.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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