Health Dept likely to turn Umsawli TB hospital to designated COVID hospital


Asking people to adhere to health Protocols strictly, Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War has warned that the “worst is yet” to come.

With the spike in COVID 19 cases, Meghalaya geared up to provide sufficient  oxygen  and ventilators to its patients. The health officials informed that the State has 32 invasive ventilators, another 54 have been provided by the Central Government and there are 75 non invasive ventilators.

“We have no shortage of oxygen in the State as of now, we have 609 Oxygen support beds, 65 ICU beds,” Dr. War said, adding that the State has its oxygen plant at Byrnihat in Ri-Bhoi district and there are also private firms from Assam supplying oxygen to the State.

 Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said “We have to increase number of Oxygen,  we have to increase  the number of ICU beds…that is being taken care of..  as the state anticipate by the end of this month COVID 19 cases will increase  drastically, that has been taken into consideration.”

 Meanwhile the state Government too asked the Health department to work out on the modalities of having a designated COVID hospital in the state, ever since the second wave of COVID 19 hit the state.

 “Right now  we have already instructed the health department to work out in anticipation of the increase that is taking place every day, let them work out where are the places which need to be additionally created infrastructure be it hospital, be it ICU, be it  oxygen,” Tynsong added.

 Meanwhile, Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War informed that the district hospitals have COVID-19 wing, although, the state Government has decided to have a designated COVID hospital in the state as the surge in the COVID 19 cases reported.

 “With the decision of the Government to come up with the COVID hospital, we have seen the best place for COVID hospital is TB hospital at Umsawli and we are working on that.  As fast as possible we want to ramp up so that we have our own COVID hospital in Shillong and then expand to other districts also,” he said.