Geriatric COVID ward, hospice for infected pregnant women in Guwahati
Published on July 11, 2020 | News Source: Bijay Sankar Bora
Guwahati, 11 July: The Assam health department has decided to provide specialised treatment to COVID-19 patients who are above 65 years of age at a dedicated geriatric ward to be set up in Khanapara Covid Care Centre here,
Besides a dedicated a hospital for pregnant women and children below 12 years, who are infected with the virus will be made operational from July 14 in the childcare hospital adjacent to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital at Panbazar in the city.
“A dedicated geriatric COVID care ward would be opened at Khanapara COVID Care Centre here from July 14 where all kinds of additional medical services, including regular blood sugar tests for diabetics, round-the-clock dedicated medical team and one nurse for every five geriatric patients, customized food, etc., will be provided,” state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters on Saturday.
“Along with it, we are also offering similar treatment for pregnant women and children below 12 years, who are infected with COVID-19, at a dedicated centre (Bagri Hospital) here from July 14. All tests related to maternity would be conducted. Facilities where children can play would also be provided,” Sarma said.
“Besides, the services of the Caesarian section at MMC Hospital can also be offered to pregnant women who are infected with the virus. Doctors would be performing such surgeries wearing personal protective equipment,” he said.
“In fact, this will be a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country where such treatment under one roof has been dedicated to pregnant women and children infected with COVID-19,” The Heath Minister said.