Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today held a meeting with the representatives of various central government organisations, army and paramilitary forces, oil PSUs in Guwahati. He discussed ways to ramp up public health infrastructure in the state in case COVID-19 situation deteriorates. He said that due to the increased capacity of healthcare facilities in the first wave of the pandemic, the infected people have not been facing any difficulty in receiving medical care till now but he stressed on the need to prepare for all eventualities in view of the surging number of cases.
The Chief Minister urged all stakeholders to strengthen government’s efforts to contain the pandemic while working as a team and called on the participating organisations in the meeting to keep 50 per cent beds in their hospitals for general COVID patients. Mr. Sonowal also urged them to increase ICU beds in those hospitals and assured that the state government would provide necessary facilities including medical oxygen for the purpose.