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Nagaland’s first COVID-19 patient recovering at GMCH

Spl. Correspondent GUWAHATI, APR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/21/2020 12:03:47 PM IST

Amidst speculations that Nagaland’s first COVID-19 patient has been tested negative recently, it has been confirmed that the news report was incorrect and that he was confirmed as COVID-19 positive even after the second test. Sources at GMCH told Nagaland Post that the patient was recuperating and shifted out of the ICU to the isolation ward where his condition continues to be stable.

It may be recalled that the patient, a resident of Dimapur was admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) after being referred by Zion Hospital Dimapur on April 11. He was admitted to GMCH in a serious condition and when his condition worsened, he was taken to ICU. 

The patient was tested for COVID-19 the next day, on April 12 and the result was positive for the virus. A second test was done on April 17 and that too confirmed he was COVID-19 positive, sources said.

The sources said the patient was shifted to the isolation ward of the hospital on Monday night after his health condition improved. The sources said the condition of the patient remained stable. “Seeing that the patient’s condition has improved, we shifted him to isolation ward last night. We’ll carry out another test on him on Day 14 from the date he first tested positive (on April 12),” confirmed a senior GMCH official. 

That would mean that the patient will again undergo the third test for COVID-19 on April 26. 

It was learnt that social media went viral with fake news that the patient was tested COVID-19 negative after the first test.

The patient’s COVID-19 status has been included under Assam though he is a resident of Dimapur who was only referred to Guwahati. Officials here maintained that the patient’s status should have been included under Nagaland since he had the symptoms for COVID-19 before coming to Guwahati. 

Meanwhile, Nagaland principal secretary Home Abhijit Sinha has informed that in the light of the patient from Dimapur tested positive for COVID-19 in Guwahati, containment of Marwari Patti and Murga Patti in Dimapur continues. 

He also said surveillance teams in Dimapur have visited and screened 2347 persons covering 353 households as of April 20,2020. Altogether, 281 samples of persons in Dimapur, connected with the positive case, have been tested from April 12, 2020, in Dimapur ,and all were tested negative for COVID-19.

 

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