Assam Northeast

Football Stadium turned into COVID hospital inaugurated by Assam CM

A 300-bed Covid-19 hospital was inaugurated on Thursday at Sarusajai Stadium complex in Guwahati to fight the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the hospital which has been built in a record 20 days time by DRDO.

The 300-bed hospital was constructed in 20 days for Rs 21.46 crore. The hospital was built with the help of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and handed over to the state government.

Sarusajai Stadium Complex, built in 2007 ahead of the National Games was converted into a football stadium, a part of which has been converted into the hospital.

Sarusajai stadium was turned into a COVID Care Centre and quarantine centre in June last year for screening and isolation of people coming from other parts of the country to Assam.

The government has built the hospital to combat the third wave, which is expected to hit the country this coming October.

The hospital was set up in an area of 3,200 sq m, the hospital in Sarusajai Stadium has 200 beds in the general ward with Oxygen facility and 100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The hospital is also equipped with an X-ray room, pharmacy, ultrasound and ECG room, and laboratory.

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We have been able to set up 309 ICU beds and 2,684 Oxygen beds all over the state to cater to Covid-19 patients,”.

Sarma said, “Due to our advanced planning, we have been able to cater to Oxygen needs of our patients as well as supply it to neighbouring states in the northeast to help them tackle the situation.”

The second wave of Covid-19 has affected over 4 lakh people in Assam. Till Thursday 3793 people died due to Covid-19 in Assam since April 1, 2021.

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