With increasing COVID-19 cases in Barak Valley, SMCH is over-burdened with incoming patients from the 3 districts of the valley, i.e Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Consequently, it has been decided that the SK Roy Civil Hospital in Hailakandi is going to be converted into a COVID-19 Hospital.
Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, Megh Nidhi Dahal, on Tuesday, held a press conference where he announced that SK Roy Civil Hospital is going to be converted into a COVID-19 Hospital which will be capable of accomodating 50 patients intially, with a provision to add 20 more beds if required. OPD and other wards, would however, continue to function normally.
According to Dahal, a batch of doctors and nurses has been sent to SMCH for undergoing training on treating a COVID-19 patient.
Dahal announced that the Administration has a capacity of 1000 beds to accommodate the arriving people in 6 quarantine centres. Quarantine Management Committee has been set constituency wise consisting of the local MLA, minister in-charge, Circle Officer and others as members who would look after setting up new quarantine facilities in schools and other institutions.
Screening of Trains and collection of swab samples is taking place in the inbound passenger facilitation centre at Dholeswari, according to the Deputy Commissioner. In addition, he informed that the administration has started identifying asymptomatic people such as elderly, children and pregnant women at the facilitation centre and are allowing them to leave only after obtaining an undertaking from them and their family members, that all of them would serve the said quarantine period without stepping outside. Those coming in groups, are being put into institutional quarantine and steps are being taken to ensure that they don’t mingle with others.