Suspected COVID-19 patient in Manipur likely to be discharged

Suspected COVID-19 patient in Manipur likely to be discharged
Manipur health minister takes stock of COVID-19 precautionary measures taken in border town Moreh of Manipur on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 8 | Publish Date: 3/8/2020 9:53:59 AM IST

The individual from Assam who has been kept at the isolation ward of RIMS hospital Imphal is likely to be discharged on Monday as his health condition is improving.

The individual from Assam who landed at Imphal from Dhaka, Bangladesh via Kolkata, who is being treated at RIMS isolation ward and has been under observation as he is suspected to have been infected by COVID-19.

He was the first suspected case of COVID-19 reported in the state.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session on novel corona virus held in Imphal today, RIMS superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar said that the health condition of the suspected patient was first improving and his body temperature has almost returned to normal.

Authority of COVID-19 testing laboratory in Guwahati has informed that they were considering if his sample will be rejected for testing or not.

A final decision in his regard will be taken after due consultation between the COVID-19 nodal officers of Manipur and Assam. The nodal officer of Assam has been constantly inquiring of his health condition and has been informed that the patient has started taking food normally.

The suspected patient was also very cooperative with the doctors of the hospital, the superintendent told reporters. 

Meanwhile, RIMS authority has been pressing the concerned authority of the Central government to provide necessary facilities for determining the presence of the deadly virus in the hospital too, the superintendent said.

He informed that the Union ministry of health and family welfare has approved collection of samples for testing from RIMS while Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), the state’s only medical college has been approved for testing centre for COVID -19.

The ministry has given the approval for availing the testing facility for the virus after state chief minister N Biren Singh briefed the Union home minister about the prevailing situation in the state in the aftermath of the outbreak of the disease reaching the country on Saturday.

During the meeting with home minister Amit Shah, the chief minister briefed him in detail regarding precautionary and preparatory measures taken up in the state in the wake of the outbreak of virus in the country. 

The surveillance mechanism put in place in Moreh for screening of persons crossing into India from across the international border was discussed in detail in the meeting, a release of the CMO said. 

Similar systems put in place at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport and land entry points at Mao and Jiribam were also discussed, it added. 

The chief minister further apprised the Union home minister on the demands for closing down the international border with Myanmar at Moreh. 

It was agreed that for now, the situation will be closely monitored for a decision to be taken in future, the release said.

Notably, out of 13 samples sent for testing from Manipur, 11 came out negative and one was rejected while the result of another was awaited.

State health minister L Jayantakumar along with a team of state health officials also visited Moreh today to take stock of steps taken in the town bordering Myanmar to prevent transmission of COVID-19 from across the border.

After taking stock of the precautionary measures at the border town, the minister advised health officers and staffs there to take active participation for the prevention of novel corona virus infection. 

He also assured opening isolation wards at Moreh Hospital and Integrated Check Post, Moreh.

He said that as Moreh is an international border town with Myanmar, it is a sensitive place and urged health staffs to be serious in their duties as the case of corona virus can cause spread fast and cause panic.

On the shielding of international border to stop entering of foreigners who may be affected, Jayentakumar said that Union ministry of defence and external affairs will be consulted if this matter aggravates. 

During the visit, the minister and his team visited Moreh gate no. 1 and 2 and also inspected the health officials on duty. 

The minister was accompanied by state principal secretary (health) V Vumlunmang, director of state health services Dr K Rajo Singh and others officials of the concerned department.


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