Officials in Arunachal Pradesh are struggling to construct a 35-bedded prefabricated dedicated COVID-19 hospital at Midpu, around 22 km from Itanagar, due to delay in supply of materials.
A report in the Arunachal Times stated that delay in supply of prefabricated cabins was the main reason behind the slow construction work at the site – which was ongoing for more than a month.
The COVID-19 hospital was planned to have seven prefabricated cabins with five beds in each cabin.
Officials working at the site informed the English daily that the first two cabins arrived on May 25 while another two cabins arrived on June 3. On June 24, one more cabin arrived at the site.
Health Secretary P Parthiban reportedly told the newspaper that the hospital would be ready for use within two weeks.
Officials claimed that water connection and construction of septic tanks for toilets have already been completed at the site.
Arunachal Pradesh has reported 270 cases of COVID-19 with 176 of them still active. As many as 92 patients were released from the hospitals and COVID Care Centres after they recovered from the disease.
The state reported two deaths – with one patient from West Kameng district succumbing to COVID-19 related complications and chronic kidney problems on July 6.
The other death was also reported from West Kameng district. That patient too had chronic kidney disease along with COVID-19.