Health and Education Minister of Assam , Himanta Biswa Sarma held a press meet on Monday, April 26, from Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The meeting was focused on the update of some of the pressing concerns in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
A number of people have died while waiting for oxygen supplies, and the majority of intensive care beds in most part of the country are occupied. India is in the grips of a second wave of Covid infections and it has been registering record numbers of COVID-19 cases everyday. In order to review the COVID-19 situation in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed the media today.
Remdesivir, one of the drugs used for treating the SARS-CoV-2 virus in hospitalised adults is in short supply as the country battles a second wave of infections. But Assam Health and Education Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that in Assam, 25,000 Remdesivir doses remain to be used from 30th April to 2nd May. 2500 doses are solely kept for the Nursing homes; 1000 doses for non-resident Assamese. Mr. Sarma also mentioned that the nursing homes can collect Remdesivir from Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at the cost of ₹1568 with GST included.
Updating on the Oxygen supply Assam\'s Health Minister says, “Assam is an oxygen surplus state”. He also stated that Assam Government is trying to revive the Digboi Oxygen Plant within the month of May. And he mentioned that there are 8 in-house oxygen plants, yet 3 more oxygen plants are coming up in next 15 to 30 days. Himanta said that Assam currently owns 468 MT (Mega Tonnes) of oxygen storage capacity, 30 oxygen tankers and 200 MT of oxygen transportation facility. It was updated in the meeting that 61 MT oxygen per day is available while consumption is 20 MT in the state.
Himanta also ordered closure of schools for the students of Classes 6 to 8 in districts where the number of active COVID-19 cases have crossed the 100 mark and also stated that online classes should go smoothly for classes 6 to 8. However, classroom teaching for Class 9 and above will continue with 50 per cent attendance, Mr. Sarma said today. He also stated that decisions regarding the cancellation of HSLC and HS examination would be taking after 2nd May, 2021.
Himanta Biswa Sarma in the press meet today also ensured about the availability of beds and ICU. Sarma said that ICU will be expanded up to 60 in Silchar and medical supplies along with manpower are prepared in the state and there’s nothing to worry about.
Himanta went on to say that Assam is comparatively doing well in regards to Delhi and the situation is under control. The Health and Education Minister also said that the BJP promises not to have public gathering of more than 50 members on the day of declaration of election result.