The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Pijush Hazarika, along with a team of medical experts from GMCH, visited the Silchar Medical College & Hospital (SMCH) and inspected the current condition of the medical institution and its emergency preparedness.
Minister Hazarika said that he is satisfied with the current operational ability of SMCH and added that the medical team who travelled along with him, did not detect any anomaly in regards to the treatment of the COVID-19 infected patients at SMCH, he progressed onto declaring himself as a “Grassroot Worker”, who shall always work for the betterment of the general public under the direction of Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal.
Questions were also raised regarding the general public’s complaints about the inadequate facilities in SMCH and the mistreatment of the patients, to which Mr. Hazarika said, “See there are many minds, many thoughts….[we] can’t help it but [both] the state government and the health department are working day in and day out for [improving] the [affected] people’s health.” Mr. Hazarika, to many people’s relief, also announced that 50 oxygen concentrators for SMCH and 10 for Karimganj Civil Hospital, have been allotted, 25 oxygen concentrators have already arrived on Thursday and another 25 will have reached by the Friday evening [yesterday].
The Minister also made an appeal to the people to come out on their own free will and get tested. “The virus is very new to the society and it spreads fast. No one should hide the symptoms if they get contracted”, he added.
He also answered the queries regarding the blatant exploitation of the traders when the lockdown period began from Thursday. Minister Hazarika said that he had already held talks with the Chief Minister, who clearly instructed him to direct the District Administration to take stern actions against such foul play by the traders.