COVID-19 : Hotspot Bethany hospital in Shillong sanitised

COVID-19 : Hotspot Bethany hospital in Shillong sanitised
File photo of Bethany hospital, Shillong.
Correspondent Shillong, May 17 | Publish Date: 5/17/2020 9:04:36 AM IST

A private-owned Bethany hospital in Shillong was sanitised on Sunday after it was shutdown for 31 days after its founding director had tested positive and died for Novel Coronavirus.

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek told UNI that the private hospital can resume its service only after the government approved the findings of Meghalaya State Pollution Board and Shillong Municipal Board.

 “Let the State Pollution Board and Shillong Municipal Board inspect the entire hospital building and its surroundings and if they are satisfied with their findings, the government will sit and decide accordingly,” Hek said. Dr. John L. Sailo Rynthathiang, who was the founding director of Bethany hospital was the first COVID-19 patient and died two days after he tested positive for the virus. 13 positive cases have been detected so far. Out of these, one is still active and  12 have recovered fully.  

 “The sanitisation was done under the purview of Directorate of Health Services based on the Hospital Infection Prevention & Control guidelines by National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” Bethany Hospital Spokesperson, Dr. Kyntiewlang Sanmiet said.

 “Once disinfection is done, a thorough clean-up will follow as per the said guidelines,” he added.

Dr Sanmiet thanked the Commissioner and Secretary of Health Department, Sampath Kumar and Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr for helping them in this process.      

“We look forward to restoring our fabric of care and feel more determined than ever to once again serve our patients with compassion, care and commitment,” he added. 


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