NE’s first Covid-19 patient free of infection, quarantined doctor vanishes

IMPHAL, 6th Apr: The happy news of northeast India’s first COVID-19 patient, a Manipuri woman, coming out negative when tested Monday was short lived as the doctor who initially treated the state’s second positive case ran away from his quarantine centre.
As per report received from JNIMS authority, the first COVID-19 patient who had been undergoing treatment in the isolation ward of the hospital came out negative when tested Monday. This is the second time that the girl patient had tested negative for COVID-19 as the same result came out on March 4 too. The patient has been undergoing treatment since her first test on March 24 came out positive thereby becoming first COVID-19 positive case of Manipur and the entire northeast.
However, the happy news emerging from JNIMS was short lived as a doctor who initially treated the second COVID-19 patient of the state was found missing from the quarantine centre thereby risking lives of many.
The doctor named Ayub, a consultant of Peace Hospital and Research Institute, was under quarantine along with entire doctors, nurses and staff of the private hospital at its Porompat Muslim road complex but he was not found in the hospital on Monday.
Accordingly, director (health services) K Rajo has submitted a report in this regard to SP Imphal East and urged the district police to locate the missing doctor as his contact, if any, with general public at this time would be risky.
The report said Dr Ayub was under quarantine along with entire doctors, nurses and staff of the private hospital at its Porompat Muslim road complex, which has been converted into a quarantine centre, after the second COVID-19 patient of state was treated earlier at the hospital before confirming positive at RIMS hospital.
Prior to this sad news, JNIMS authority informed that the first COVID-19 patient had been already shifted from isolation ward to medicine ward but under keen observation tested negative and the hospital authority is considering her discharge. However, the patient would be shifted to another quarantine centre of the government and keep under observation further.
The 23-year-old woman, who had returned from the UK and became the first positive coronavirus case in the entire region, was now declared completely free of the dreaded virus.
Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh, in a Facebook post on Monday, said: "The much awaited news of our daughter’s (patient) final COVID-19 test report has come out negative. Now she is completely free from the COVID-19 virus. It's a huge achievement for the whole medical department in general and the doctors and staff of JNIMS in particular. Let's continue to fight and endeavour more to ensure that our state is completely free from nCOVID-19 spread."
According to the health officials, the woman is now undergoing treatment at JNIMS, where she was admitted on March 23 after she tested positive.
"Her family members' swab samples were also tested negative earlier," the officials said.
The officials said that the woman, who returned home from London, via Delhi and then Kolkata on March 19, did not reveal her travel history earlier before she was detected positive.
They said that on the same day, (March 19) the younger brother of the woman had arrived in Kolkata from Atlanta. Both stayed in a hotel in Kolkata and arrived in Imphal on March 21 by a private airliner via Agartala airport.
Meanwhile, condition of the second COVID-19 patient is reported to be stable and doctors of RIMS are keenly observing the patient’s condition.
So far, a total of 288 people have been kept at quarantine centres opened at different places of the state as part of measures taken up to prevent spread of COVID-19 but only 171 of them are under quarantine as of Monday.
As per a report issued by health department in this regard, eight persons are currently under quarantine at TB hospital and another 24 at Peace hospital, Porompat in Imphal East district. In Imphal West district, altogether 21 persons are still under quarantine at UNNACO school, Meitram while eight individuals are under quarantine at Circuit House, Bijang in Churachandpur district.
Altogether 27 individuals are also undergoing quarantine at Jiribam while two each are under quarantine at Saikul in Kangpokpi and Tengkhojang school in Noney districts. One individual is also undergoing quarantine at DEIC and 18 at JNV Mao in Senapati district. Two persons are also undergoing quarantine at JNV, Tamenglong while 15 individuals are being quarantined in Tengnoupal district at Electricity House. A total of 38 individuals are undergoing treatment in Thoubal district, 12 of them at JNM school and 26 at Darul Ullum, Lilong Turel Ahanbi. Five individuals are also undergoing quarantine in Ukhrul district.
Among 171 people still under quarantine, 116 are male and rest 55 female while one each patient are still at treatment blocks of JNIIMS and RIMS, the report said adding that altogether seven asymptomatic high risk test had conducted so far in the state. Apart from this, a total of 89 individuals are under contact tracking surveillance as per guidelines of India government and another 3273 under contact tracking surveillance as per state government guidelines.

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