The Assam government began the construction of a coronavirus isolation centre at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, also known as Sarusajai Stadium, in Guwahati on a war footing.
In a move to combat coronavirus outbreak, the Assam government has decided to convert the Nehru and Sarusajai stadiums in Guwahati to make-shift hospitals to treat patients.
Both the stadiums will be used to quarantine 1,000 people each. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the site on March 26th, 2020 and took stock of the progress of the construction.
The Assam government has reserved Sonapur Civil Hospital in Guwahati, except gynecology department, and closed down the eye hospital in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to exclusively treat coronavirus-affected people.
The OPD in Sonapur Civil Hospital will remain closed till the situation improves. The government convert the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati to a complete coronavirus treatment hospital.
Additional 30 ICUs will be added at the GMCH and around 10 ICUs at the MMCH. The IDSP Hospital and Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital in Guwahati and model hospital at Singimari will also be used for coronavirus treatment, Sarma said.
He further informed that the Tata Referral Hospital at Chabua in Dibrugarh will also treat coronavirus patients.
The Assam government has also directed the Deputy Commissioner of all districts to identify the hostels of educational institutes and hotels for isolation of mild patients. No positive case of coronavirus has been detected in Assam.