Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday inaugurated a fully-functional 236-bed COVID-19 hospital at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

The super specialty block at GMCH will function for COVID-19 treatment as of now. It has been constructed with the cost of Rs. 150 crore which has been funded by the Centre. The super specialty block is equipped with 186 wards and 50 ICUs.

Speaking on the occasion, Sarma said, “This project will strengthen our efforts to fight against COVID-19. After COVID-19 is over this facility will function as a super-speciality hospital.”

The new unit is centrally air-conditioned and equipped with 14 Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UGVI) System, which will help in improving indoor air quality and bacteria management. Each bed has dedicated supply of medical gas.

Minister of State for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika, GMCH superintendent Dr. Ramen Talukdar and health department officials were also present during the inauguration.