Guwahati, May 18: In view of more deaths occurring to COVID19 infected patients late at night in the state than in day hours, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked senior doctors in hospitals and medical colleges to be on COVID care duty in night hours to attend to critical patients so that death rate could be controlled.
The Chief Minister today announced that he would make late night video calls to doctors on COVID care duty in government hospitals and medical colleges to monitor the treatment of critical COVID patients.
Dr Sarma today visited Tezpur Medical College and Hospital (TMCH) and took stock of the Covid scenario in Sonitpur district with DC, SP, senior doctors and other officials.
Expressing concern over 10 percent increase in Covid positivity rate in the district, the Chief Minister asked the district administration to intensify containment measures through micro contentment zones.
The Chief Minister took stock of availability of ICU beds, oxygen, medicine etc. and directed TMCH authorities to increase number of ICU beds from its present strength of 40 to 70.
He also instructed principal TMCH to ensure service of senior doctors in the rank of Associate Professor, Assistant Professor or Registrar at night time to reduce the mortality of critical Covid patients during late night hours.
Chief Minister Sarma said that he would personally make video calls at 2 am every night to doctors on duty as no complacency could be allowed during these difficult times.
The Chief Minister also instructed Health Department to expedite conversion of Sirajuli and Ghoramari MPHCs into Covid care centres.
He directed PWD (Building) to complete the work of laying more oxygen pipes in the Govt. Hospitals at the earliest
Later talking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that the district administration has been directed to help the poor people staying in containment zones. He also informed that the district administration would bear the cost of transporting Covid-19 patients from death beds to the cremation ground and conduct cremation free of cost.