The Assam government has reserved the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh solely to treat coronavirus cases.
The AMCH shall cease to operate for regular patients from March 29th, 2020. It shall cater only to cases of cardiology, burn, maternity and emergency.
On the other hand, a 300-bedded hospital specially to treat coronavirus infected patients will be built in Dibrugarh within the next two months.
“The land will be identified soon. The life of the hospital will be five years. Public, MPs, Ministers, MLAs all are donating fund for the hospital. We appeal all to donate fund for the cause,” said Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing a press meet in Dibrugarh on March 28th, 2020.
Even though no positive coronavirus case has been detected in the state yet, the Assam government will build five hospitals in two months to treat the patients.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between 27 nursing homes and the Assam Government. The nursing homes will now take care of all general patients who otherwise come to AMCH.
“All private nursing homes of Dibrugarh will cater all the patients except cardio, maternity and corona patients from March 29th, 2020. The Assam Government will make the payment under Atal Amrit Abhiyan cards,” he added.
The Minister added, “Patients who don’t have Atal Amrit Abhiyan cards will also be treated. But their attendants will get their cards from the office of the Joint Director, health from March 29th, 2020. That private nursing homes which have the facility to admit and treat cardio and maternity patients are allowed to provide the services.”
All the private nursing home owners of Dibrugarh has welcomed the decision of the Assam government and expressed their full support to the government at this hour of crisis.
The media persons attending the press conference of Sarma in Dibrugarh were seated in a very orderly way maintaining prescribed social distancing rules to contain the spread of coronavirus.