The Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Keerthi Jalli, IAS officially handed over the reconverted basic science building at Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) with 273 beds. The facility is being been set up in order to treat the COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms through oxygen concentrators, in order to keep the ICU beds empty for the severe cases of COVID-19.
The official facebook handle of the District Administration of Cachar informed that on receiving the request from DC Keerthi Jalli, the Principal and Superintendent of SMCH, willingly opened their academic building for any required expansion, in case the hospital comes across any shortage of beds. The facilities were developed by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Cachar. Oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators will available in the newly set up facility, to avoid shortage of ICU beds for critical cases.
The facebook page further informed that a shipment, containing pipes and other materials could arrive at the hospital, defying the lockdown in Delhi and Mumbai, that made it possible to convert 92 general beds into Oxygen beds for COVID-19 patients. It has also been reported that other infrastructural support works of Oxygen Plants, manifold rooms and a new 40 bed ICU is being taken up with priority. The District Administration has expressed its gratitude towards SMCH and its officials for "all the cooperation and relentless efforts to save and serve lives".