Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurating the MCH wing of Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurating the MCH wing of Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday inaugurated a 100-bedded Maternity and Child Health Wing of Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur.

This wing will be converted to a COVID-19 treatment facility bolster Assam government’s fight against COVID-19.

The 100-bedded MCH wing along with accommodation for staff is located at Paruwa in Tezpur has been built at a total cost of Rs. 21.86 crore.

It will, however, at the moment be used as a COVID-19 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 COVID-19 treatment facility in Sonitpur.

Earlier, Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Defence Research Laboratory and inaugurated the newly-created DRL Centre for COVID-19 testing facilities.

He was briefed by DRL director SK Dwivedi and his team of scientists.

The Assam government has initiated efforts with DRDO and ICMR to develop DRL-DRDO, Tezpur as one of the recognised centres for COVID-19 sample testing.

The health minister 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 COVID-19 in the district.

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