Assam Health Minister and BJP’s go-to man for the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said he would “wrap up his public life” when government health facilities became better than private ones, and added that it was happening in the pandemic.
“I have been associated with the health department since 2006; barring one year, I was there for almost 14 years. We know how difficult it was to set up an ICU, bring people to work and make staff appointments. I had dreamed that between Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and private nursing homes, people should choose the government hospital. I wanted to warp up my public life with this change… things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Sarma said.
“In the last 45 days, I have received numerous calls from people that someone in their family is unwell and they want a cabin in the GMCH. When I’d say all cabins are occupied, they’d request for the patient to be accommodated in in the general ward. My suggestion to approach a private nursing home would be turned down. The dream which I saw in 2006, I see it coming true in the last one month,” said Mr Sarma.
Last month, Mr Sarma had categorically stated that he might not contest next year’s state assembly polls in Assam.
(As reported by NDTV, not edited by our news desk)