COVID case at GMCH from Dimapur

COVID case at GMCH from Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Apr 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2020 12:46:28 PM IST

Dimapur could be on the COVID-19 map if reports emanating from Guwahati confirm that one patient admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital was tested positive for COVID-19. This report broke out late Sunday night, after Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that a patient, who was reportedly referred to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital by a private hospital in Dimapur has tested positive for COVID-19. 

"A private hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland referred a patient to GMCH after he was found with symptoms of #COVID19. He has tested positive and is undergoing treatment," Sarma tweeted on Sunday night.

 According to information from several sources here, the patient had reportedly flown in to Dimapur from Kolkata on March 24 and after few days, developed symptoms for COVID-19. The patient was then admitted to a private hospital in Dimapur and later referred to GMCH for test. According to the sources, the sample tested positive on April 11 at GMCH. 

Health minister S. Pangnyu Phom also rushed to the COVID Hospital Dimapur late Sunday night to take firsthand account of the report.

 Meanwhile, reports of the case spread like wildfire across Dimapur city, leaving many to ask if current measures were effective in tracking suspected COVID-19 cases? 

As reported by Nagaland Post, the COVID-19 Hospital in Dimapur(DHD) was still under renovation for admitting COVID cases. The patient from Dimapur tested positive for COVID in Guwahati is certain to throw a huge challenge on health authorities to pull up their socks.

Other frontline warriors against COVID-19 have expressed mild apprehension about the relaxation of the lockdown. One factor that has led to such apprehension is on the transportation of various commodities from various states including nearby Golaghat where nine(9) COVID-19 cases were reported. 

Meanwhile, authorities in Dimapur are placed in a difficult situation of preventing entry of all vehicles into Dimapur since those exempted are mainly vehicles on essential duties. The government of Nagaland, has decided to establish two Bio Safety Laboratory (BSL) one in Kohima (under Level 3) and Dimapur (under Level 2).

The case has also highlighted the need for a BSL 3 laboratory in Dimapur, which is the main transit for several thousand people travelling by road, trains and planes. The state government has decided to establish a BSL2 level( lower than BSL 3) at CISHR (Referral Hospital) Dimapur.

Dimapur district is also an endemic zone for many viral diseases and many medical specialists have opined that a BSL 3 laboratory should also be established in Dimapur along with Kohima (NHAK).

70 samples test -ve, results of 4 awaited: H&FW 
DIMAPUR, APR 12 (NPN): Nagaland continued to remain free from the COVID-19 pandemic as out of the 74 samples sent for testing till 5 pm on Sunday, 70 had tested negative, while reports of the remaining four samples are awaited.
The total number of persons presently under home quarantine is 407, of which 28 are at facility quarantine. The number of persons who are out of home quarantine now is 5,459. 
However, those on home quarantine or had come out of quarantine, but have developed signs and symptoms of cough, fever or have difficulty in breathing have been asked to contact the State helpline numbers 9856071745 and 7005539653 of the health department.

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