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‘Death rate higher’: Assam CM asks senior docs to work late night

Since the Covid-related mortality rate is higher at night, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked on Sunday for senior doctors to be assigned to duty at this period.

Sarma and Health Minister Keshab Mahanta have been paying surprise and regular visits to various medical colleges, clinics, and Covid treatment centers in the state in order to track Covid management.

After paying a surprise visit to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Sarma, who previously held the health portfolio under the previous Sarbananda Sonowal administration, informed the media that the government has made it a priority to expand critical care facilities during the night and odd hours in all the state’s medical colleges and major hospitals.

Additionally, the Chief Minister conveyed his appreciation to physicians, nursing workers, and other paramedical personnel for their 24-hour availability.

In light of the number of cases of Covid-19 and its cascading impact throughout Assam, Sarma urged Superintendents of Police in all 34 districts to strictly enact preventive guidelines for containment zones in order to halt the pandemic’s upward trend.

On Sunday, during a video conference with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, and Joint Directors of Health, the Chief Minister said that rigorous compliance with containment zone-specific preventive steps will go a long way toward improving containment of Covid-19.

Sarma has directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that Covid patients get health care services at irregular hours in their districts. He invited them to pay visits to Medical College Hospitals and Civil Hospitals in their jurisdictions.

The Chief Minister directed them to arrange transportation for Covid-positive patients from their homes to Covid treatment centers and to offer basic commodities worth Rs 2,000 to impoverished residents of containment zones.

On Sunday night, the number of active cases in Assam surpassed 43,377. Assam has registered 3,28,629 Covid cases to date, with 2,179 deaths. Of Assam’s 34 districts, three have a severe situation — Kamrup Metro, where the active case count stood at 1,197 on Sunday night, followed by Cachar (262) and Dibrugarh (240).

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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