CM Sonowal Approves 5 Temporary Hospitals to Fight Coronavirus in Assam
GUWAHATI: In a bid to combat the coronavirus scare in Assam, the state government has decided to build five temporary hospitals.
Assam state health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that these hospitals will only be utilised to treat COVID-19 patients and will be completed within the next two months with 300 bedding including ICU.
According to the minister, per hospital cost is estimated to be at Rs. 40 to Rs. 45 crores.
He added that one hospital will be setup at Guwahati and the other one at Dibrugarh and the remaining three locations are yet to be finalized.
“Government expenditure won't be required for the same as donations from state employees are flowing in and that would be sufficient,” said Sarma.
It is to be mentioned that Rs. 1 crore has already been collected by public donation and almost all employee associations have come forward to donate one month’s salary.
Further, except the health department, others have donated their one day’s salary.
In a welcome move, even the RS MPs of Assam have given contribution which will help to cover the construction of one hospital in the state.