Textiles and handicrafts minister Tumke Bagra on Sunday inaugurated a four-bedded intensive care unit (ICU) of the Aalo general hospital.

Textiles and handicrafts minister Tumke Bagra on Sunday inaugurated a four-bedded intensive care unit (ICU) of the Aalo general hospital in West Siang district.

Speaking on the occasion, Bagra said keeping provisions for ICUs in all the general hospitals of the state was a decision taken recently by the state cabinet to strengthen the healthcare facilities of the state, especially during the time of Covid-19 pandemic.

“More efforts will be made to ensure the proper functioning of ICUs by posting medicine specialists and expert technicians in all the districts to run the units effectively,” Bagra said.

He said that it was important to make the ICU at Aalo hospital functional as patients from the neighbouring districts would also come to avail the facility.

The minister also appreciated the role played by the West Siang unit of Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association during the lockdown.

He further urged the members of ‘Team West Siang’ to spread more awareness on the virus and on quarantine protocols to be maintained by the people coming from outside.

West Siang deputy commissioner Swetika Sachan said the ICU would go a long way in catering to the emergency medical needs of patients.

District medical officer Dr Moli Riba said that the technicians would soon be posted and a few selected nurses would also be trained to handle the machines so as to make the ICU in Aalo hospital operational.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com