SILCHAR, May 23 - In an interesting twist in the COVID-19 scenario, a man from Karimganj district came to Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) with abdomen pain, but later turned out to be COVID-19 positive.
While Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned it in a tweet on Friday, the location of the person was confirmed by the district Health department later at night. As many as nine COVID-19 positives cases were detected in Barak Valley on Friday.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy said, “The patient, aged around 45 years, from Karimganj district has reportedly no travel history. He came to the hospital on Thursday with severe pain in his abdomen and a team of doctors including an associate professor in the Department of Surgery were treating him. While the doctors were preparing for his surgery, the patient’s swab sample was collected for COVID-19 test as a precautionary measure, and the sample turned out to be positive. The patient was shifted to the COVID-19 ward. The doctors and paramedical staff have been kept in isolation.”
Roy said the Health Minister asked him to sit with the medical fraternity at SMCH along with Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli regarding the developments and they had an elaborate meeting to how to contain the spread of the virus at the hospital.
Sources in the district administration on Saturday said the Department of Surgery at SMCH had been made into a containment zone and around 20 persons in the medical team including doctors, nurses, paramedical and cleaning staff have been sent on institutional quarantine. As many as 13 patients who were under treatment in the Department have been relocated to another building.