Another COVID related death in Dmu

DIMAPUR, JUL 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/29/2020 1:17:17 PM IST

A 45-year old woman was tested positive for COVID-19 after her death in Dimapur Wednesday and this has increased the total number of suspected COVID-19 related deaths to seven in Nagaland and all from Dimapur.

On Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dimapur had written to the chairman Aoyimti Village Council (AVC), informing that the deceased woman was initially taken to a private hospital. However, since she did not have a COVID-19 negative report, she was taken to Primary Health Centre, Chümoukedima for testing. It was only after she died that the COVID-19 status was confirmed as COVID-19 positive through TrueNat.

CMO claimed that the woman was not brought to the COVID Hospital and after her death, the body was kept at her home at Aoyimti village. It was reported that unknown to all, a funeral service was held for burial.

CMO also urged upon the AVC to identify any person/s who had been in contact with the deceased woman since the past seven days and to keep them under strict isolation/home quarantine. 

CMO also advised those who had direct contact with the deceased to self monitor themselves of any symptoms for the next seven days. In this regard, the CMO wrote to the village council to take immediate precautionary measures and issued guidelines.

The CMO office said it was ready to render any assistance to those in need and at the same time sought cooperation of public.

It may be mentioned that all the seven suspected COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland were recorded under Dimapur. 

However, data as per the state Health department stated that out of five deaths (all COVID positive), four had died due to COVID-- two who died at Dimapur District Hospital; one at Nikos Hospital (from Bokajan); one at Medzhiphema CHC. The department said that a woman (from Assam) who died and tested positive for COVID-19 at a paid quarantine centre in Dimapur, was not due to COVID-19.

Further, another aged male and employee of a gas agency who died due to health issues and tested positive for COVID through TrueNat was not recorded under COVID death tally.



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