Patient suicide not linked to COVID-19 in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Apr 14 | Publish Date: 4/14/2020 10:14:16 AM IST
A 26-year-old man, who was admitted at Bethany hospital here in Meghalaya, allegedly committed suicide in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a police official said.
Meghalaya police said that the suicide has nothing to relate with recent events regarding COVID-19.
The incident occurred a night after a senior doctor of the Bethany hospital has been tested positive for COVID-19 virus.  
The doctor is the first COVID-19 patient in Meghalaya, who has no travel history.
Superintendent of Police for East Khasi Hills district, Claudia A Lyngwa said that the patient identified as Tainingstar Jyrwa, a resident of Mawkyrwat village in South West Khasi Hills committed suicide by jumping from the window of his ward into the stream flowing next to Bethany Hospital.
Lyngwa said an enquiry was conducted by the staff of Laitumkhrah Police Station and it is to be informed that Jyrwa was admitted to Bethany Hospital on March 30, as he was a drug addict and needed psychiatric care.
“There is nothing to relate his suicide with recent events regarding COVID-19 and the public are advised to refrain from spreading any misinformation and rumours regarding the same,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Conard Sangma said that the case has nothing to do with the COVID-19.
“The case has nothing to do with coronavirus. The individual who died was a substance user, and he was admitted in the hospital for treatment and rehabilitation. He also had some psychiatric problem,” Sangma said.

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