Tezpur mental health institute
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The authority of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi (LGB) Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur in Assam, on Sunday said no preparation has been initiated to vacate any ward of the hospital for COVID19 patients.

Earlier, a section of media reported that the institute of mental health in Tezpur vacated the wards releasing the patients for accommodating COVID19 cases.

Clarifying it, Dr Hemanta Dutta, assistant medical superintendent, LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur, stated: “LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur is a tertiary care institute, catering to the mental health needs of the Northeast region of India.”

“All the services of the institute, including indoor and emergency OPD, are fully functional,” said Dutta.

“However, patients are advised to seek help digitally as far as possible to maintain social distancing as per the directives of the Government of India to fight with the transmission of the disease,” Dutta further said.

“There is no any preparation to vacate any ward,” he added.

On Thursday, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Tezpur Medical College and Hospital and reviewed the preparedness of Sonitpur district administration to prevent the outbreak of COVID19.

He directed the deputy commissioner of the district to ensure the supply of essential commodities so that people do not have to face difficulty during the lockdown period.

The chief minister also directed for setting up a dedicated 24/7 monitoring cell in the deputy commissioner’s office where people can report about suspected cases and seek help for prevention of the disease outbreak.

He asked the deputy commissioner to appoint dedicated employees in the cell.

For awareness generation in the tea garden areas in the district, the chief minister asked the Health Department officials to carry out regular miking and announcements in the tea gardens.

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