Assam faces ICU shortage by October end; no vaccine in sight till Dec: Himanta

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Published: September 10,2020 03:16 PM
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September 10, 2020: Stating that the Covid scenario is getting serious in Assam, health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma has feared that soon the state might face a shortage of ICU beds.

September 10, 2020: Stating that the Covid scenario is getting serious in Assam, health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma has feared that soon the state might face a shortage of ICU beds.



"Most patients today need ICU treatment. There will be shortage of ICU beds in GMCH very soon. 20-25 patients faced problems due to non-availability of ICU in AMCH. If this goes on, then there will be a shortage of ICU beds in the state by October," said the health minister.



Commenting on the highest death toll of 18 on Wednesday, Dr. Sharma said that the number could rise with the increase in the number of Covid cases.



He asked the private hospitals to treat patients without Covid certificate. Saying that a vaccine might not be possible till December due to suspension of trials, the minister made an emotional appeal to the doctors to get prepared for a difficult challenge lying ahead.





Dr. Sharma also called upon the people to celebrate Durga Puja this year without any fanfare.



He informed that former chief minister Tarun Gogoi might have to stay at the hospital for 5 more days as his negative result was yet to come. On the other hand, MP Dilip Saikia and MLA Ajanta Neog were discharged on Thursday. Dr. Sharma also told reporters that KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi is already fit to be discharged.