Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

The Assam government will provide support to private hospitals and nursing homes in the state to set up oxygen generation units, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on April 25.

The state government has installed eight oxygen plants since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state last year.

The government has installed eight oxygen plants in five medical colleges and hospitals including Gauhati Medical College and Hospital in Guwahati, producing 5.23 metric tonnes of oxygen per day, Sarma said.

Sarma told the media that five more oxygen units are in the process of being installed and two more units would become operational in the next three-four days.

The minister held a meeting with private nursing homes, hospitals, hoteliers and members of their association in Guwahati and discussed preparedness to deal with COVID-19 situation in the state.

Sarma, who also holds the finance and PWD portfolios, urged the private health institutions in Assam to set up their own oxygen units, offering any assistance needed.

Meanwhile, the Assam government has directed the deputy commissioners of all districts to constitute area-wise ‘home quarantine committees’ comprising representatives of prominent public bodies and societies necessary to supervise the standard operation procedures, and take the help of the local police and administration, if needed.

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