ITANAGAR, 29 Apr: The state government has decided to add further 164 more beds with oxygen facilities here at dedicated Covid 19 hospital (DCH), MLA apartment. At present the DCH Chimpu run by TRIHMS has 42 bed capacity. However, with the second wave hitting the state and the number of Covid 19 cases rising, the state government has decided to further enhance the capacity at DCH Chimpu. Home Minister Bamang Felix along with health minister Alo Libang visited the DCH Chimpu on Thursday and took stock of the work progress.
“With the addition of 164 more beds, it will become a 206 bed hospital. There will be a 28 bed ICU where critical patients will be treated. Within the next 15 days, the new 164 bed hospital will be ready for function with proper oxygen supply,” said health minister Alo Libang. He also informed that two oxygen plants are being installed in Itanagar and Pasighat under the PM Care fund.
“But oxygen supply will be made available in all hospitals wherever it is needed,” he said. The health minister also said the dedicated covid health centre, Midpu is functioning properly and so far there are no major issues concerning the centre. The health minister also claimed that the department is well prepared to tackle any major crisis.
“We have even started a Lekhi covid care centre on the paying system. The option of re-starting CCC at officer apartments, Chimpu is also being explored,” he added.
During the visit it was informed that issues like lack of nursing officers and power (electricity) connection at new 164 bed facilities are the potential hurdles. Home Minister Bamang Felix spoke to senior officials of the power department and asked them to immediately take steps to resolve the hurdle.