The people of Karimganj can now take a sigh of relief as they may now have access to Intensive Care Units (ICU). Earlier, the facility of Intensive Care Units was only availabe in Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH). The people of Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi had to share the Intensive Care Units of the SMCH, which created huge inconvenience, hardships and troubles for the people in need of genuine medical facilities. Some even died en route to Silchar Medical College and Hospital, while in dire and urgent need of appropriate treatment and medical instruments.
But now, at least, the people of Karimganj would not have to travel to Silchar to acquire suitable treatment as soon as the ICU becomes fully functional. The Assam Government has provided 20 ventilators to the Karimganj Civil Hospital on Friday (29th August, 2020) and has mitigated their suffering to some extent. Though the people of Hailakandi still do not have the facility of ICUs or advanced medical equipments at their place but this step of the government to alleviate the misery of people, seeking medical help can be considered as an encouraging step towards the unsatisfactory medical conditions and facilities in Barak Valley.
Cachar Chornicles approached the Joint Director of Karimganj Civil Hospital for the confirmation of the news of receiving the most awaited 20 ventilators and further information on the final set up of the ICUs in the hospital. Dr. Anup Kumar Daityari acknowledged and verified the news and when asked about how long it would take for the final set up, he said that it would definitely require some time for the final arrangement, to be made fit for use, but also affirmed that once the system is established, the people would certainly get benefits from it.
The Member of Legislative Assembly from North Karimganj, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, in a conversation with Cachar Chronicles stated, “I have been demanding for ICU facilities in Karimganj Civil Hospital for 4-5 months. Accordingly, the Chief Minister and the Health Minister of Assam arrived at Karimganj Civil Hospital and a review meeting was held; then it took a period of five (5) months for the ventilators to arrive at Karimganj Civil Hospital. Now, if it takes another five (5) months for the ICU to become functional, then ultimately, we may witness its inauguration just before the election. But the bottom line is that, the people of Karimganj are losing their lives because of absence of ventilators and ICUs. Whenever a patient needs to be admitted in ICU, he/she is referred to Silchar Medical College & Hospital. Thus, I believe that the people of Karimganj are the actual sufferers. According to me, the Health Department and the Health Minister is responsible for the deaths of the people of Karimganj and the terrible condition of the health infrastructure in Karimganj.” He further added, “If we go through statistics, then Karimganj has the highest number of deaths in Assam.”