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No makeshift hospital at Silchar DSA; Himanta Biswa Sarma says government never made such plans

To prepare for the worst, the office of the deputy commissioner had issued an order to set up a makeshift hospital in Silchar Satindra Mohan Dev stadium. The order signed by the deputy commissioner of Cachar, Barnali Sharma informed that the temporary hospital will be built by using resources from the Indian Army and Assam Rifles. The deputy commissioner who is also the head of the District Disaster Management Authority even constituted a monitoring committee.

Today health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Silchar to take stock of the preparations in Barak Valley. When he was asked about the circumstances under which the state decided to construct a makeshift hospital in SM Dev Stadium, he denied any such possibility. The Minister said there was never such plans of constructing a makeshift hospital.

The health minister said in the next few days all the general patients in Silchar Medical College and Hospital will be shifted to private hospitals after signing an MoU. This will be done to make SMCH a Covid 19 hospital.

Earlier the deputy commissioner, through a letter, informed that SM Dev Civil Hospital will be turned into a Covid 19 hospital, however, after Health Minister’s statement today, it becomes clear that the deputy commissioner and the State Health Department is not sailing on the same boat.

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