Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will be completely shut down from March 27 for general patients, announced Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday.

GMCH will be kept exclusively  for Coronavirus treatment though no positive case has been detected so far in Assam.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Dr. Sarma informed newsmen that excluding Cancer, Emergency and Gynaecology sections, the entire GMCH will be shut down within next 48 hours. 33 nursing homes in Guwahati have inked memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the Assam government to offload the regular patients of GMCH. Patients can directly go to the private hospitals in Guwahati which have signed agreement with the government.

“Today is the milestone for us because private hospitals have agreed to take the load of patients from the government hospitals,” said minister Sarma.

He also stated that similar model would be implemented soon for Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh and Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH).