Govt to initiate legal action against Dr Ayub

1ST COVID-19 PATIENT REMAINS AT JNIMS; 23-YEAR OLD SENT TO ISOLATION WARD

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 7th Apr: In its efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has initiated legal action against Dr Ayub Ali Khan who is working under Manipur Medical Service as a grade-III officer at Thoubal District Hospital on the charge of working in a private hospital under false identity.
A press release issued by health minister L Jayantakumar on Tuesday stated that Dr Ayub Ali Khan has been working under false identity as Dr SM Ayub in a private hospital – Peace Hospital and Research Centre located at Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai, Imphal East district.
Consequently, an FIR has been registered at Porompat PS under IPC section 188, 269,279 and 271. The private hospital has also been served show cause notice under Manipur Nursing Home and Clinical Registration Act 1992/93 for false practice by engaging a government employee clearly violating existing norms.
Dr Ayub Ali Khan was also served a show cause notice for violating professional norms set by the state government as well as relevant provisions of law, the release stated.
According to police source, Dr Ayub was released on bail upon furnishing PR bond of Rs 20,000 after being produced before the court on Tuesday. Consequently he has been sent to a quarantine facility run by the government.
In another development, a 23-year old female resident of Singhat in Churachandpur district, who returned from China recently, has been kept at the isolation ward of RIMS here.
As per information received from the COVID-19 common control room, the woman was tested for COVID-19 at the VRDL of RIMS and the test result will be available early on Wednesday.
It is learnt that she left China on February 28 and reached Manipur through Myanmar on Monday. She is now kept under observation in the isolation ward of RIMS while her family members have been sent to quarantine facility in Churachandpur district.
Sources said that there are no reports of the individual entering Manipur through Moreh town. Authorities are yet to trace the location from where she entered the state from Myanmar.
On the other-hand, the 23-year old London-returned woman, who became the first COVID-19 patient of the state and the northeast, is yet to be discharged from JNIMS hospital although repeated samples of her had tested negative for coronavirus. Speaking to this daily regarding the patient's discharge from the hospital on Tuesday, Health Services director Dr K Rajo said although the patient’s health has improved significantly, her discharge is being delayed as an additional precautionary measure. She would be staying at the hospital for a few more days until she completely recovers her health and strength, he added.
Meanwhile, as per latest update issued by the common control room of COVID-19, there are 139 individuals under institutional quarantine in the state. Of them, 89 are male and 50 are female. Besides, one person each is under treatment at JNIMS treatment block, RIMS treatment block and RIMS intermediate ward at present. On Tuesday, three asymptomatic cases were tested. So far, 75 persons are under contact tracing surveillance as per central government guidelines and 2758 persons under contact tracing surveillance as per state government guidelines.


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