2nd Apr 2020 11:04:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Says no plan to shift Lohit patient to TRIHMS

ES Reporter 

ITANAGAR, Apr 2:  Giving his reactions to the emergence of the state’s first positive Covid-19 case in Medo under Lohit district, Health Minister Alo Libang said that it’s now time for the people to properly stick to the lockdown norms.
The health condition of the 31-year-old positive is stable and we are taking all-possible measures to quarantine him along with his family members at the District Hospital Tezu, informed the Minister. 
“As per reports, the said person has recently visited the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi and so we have also traced out the other people from Namsai  who visited Delhi along with him for the congregation but their samples were found to be negative,” he added.  
When asked about any plan to shift the Lohit patient to TRIHMS, the Minister categorically disclosed that the health condition of the said person is stable and there is no plan to shift him. 
“However, the state government has already spoken to the Assam counterpart to extend help during any emergency cases. So, if there are any serious positive cases needing support of ventilators and ICU, we will shift the patient(s) to the nearest hospital in Dibrugarh or Guwahati especially the patients from Eastern Arunachal for fast delivery of health support,” Libang asserted.
Urging the state’s people to stick to the lockdown guidelines, he said: “There is no medicine to cure Covid-19 but we can prevent it and break the chain by following the lockdown through staying at home, maintaining social distancing and avoiding social gathering. In rural areas, people are adhering to social distancing through rituals and customs but we have noticed that in capital region, people are still defying the lockdown which needs to be stopped. ”
Meanwhile, the State Surveillance Officer, IDSP Dr. L Jampa informed that as on the date, they have collected a total of 74 samples, out of which 57 are negative, one positive and 16 which were sent to Dibrugarh on Thursday are awaited. Speaking on the state’s first positive case, he informed that the health condition of the affected person is stable and asymptomatic as of now and he is in isolation under strict vigil, adding that as per protocol, a second test after four days or after fourteen  days of his isolation will be done and if the report is positive again, isolation will be extended.

The highest number of samples that has been collected is from the Capital region which is 46. Out of these, 31 have tested negative and the rest 15 have been collected on Thursday and sent for testing to the ICMR Dibrugarh.
According to the district-wise breakup, samples collected are: Capital complex -46, Changlang -1, East Siang-6, Kurung Kumey-1, Namsai-8, Tawang-4,Tirap-2, West Kameng-2 and West Siang -2.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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