West Jaintia Hills district recorded high COVID 19 positivity rate of 33 percent, which is almost three times more than the state average, the Meghalaya government on Friday announced its decision to soon come up with a prefab structure for setting up of a 50-bedded COVID-19 hospital at Jowai, the district headquarters of West Jaintia Hills.
After chairing a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the two districts of East and West Jaintia Hills, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said, “We have decided to put in the prefab 50-bedded hospital in Jowai.”
He said the hospital will be supported with enough infrastructure so that in case of any eventuality, it could also be used as a paediatric hospital where an intensive care unit (ICU) is available for children.
“This is because we don’t know the nature of this virus and we would like to be prepared in advance for the future situation that we may face,” Sangma said.
He further mentioned that the 50-bedded hospital would be similar to the ones which are coming up in Shillong (East Khasi Hills) and Tura (West Garo Hills).
“Again the location will be finalized in the next few days but the decision to implement this (project) has been taken (today),” he added.
The announcement by the chief minister also came in the wake of the recent demand from all the 7 legislators from the Jaintia Hills region.
Sangma said apart from that, there are large numbers of facilities being created throughout the West Jaintia Hills district and enough manpower, enough beds and infrastructures, all these arrangements are being made and reviewed.
He informed that the oxygen plants in both Jowai MCH and Khliehriat hospital are at an advanced stage. “The plant in Jowai is expected to be up and running within 2-3 days and in Khliehriat in the next 10-15 days…both these plants will be a great blessing for the people of Jaintia Hills,” he added.