GOALPARA, April 6 - Three corona virus patients who were tested positive in the first test were found negative after their swab samples were send for retesting for the 2nd time, according to Health Department�s sources.
Talking to this correspondent, the Joint Director, Health & Family Welfare, Dr Nilmadhab Das said that the swab samples of these three positive coronavirus patients lodged in the isolation ward at the Goalpara Civil hospital campus earlier were found negative on the basis of the results of their swab samples sent on April 4. Dr Das also informed that these three patients were removed from quarantine at Urban Health Centre (UHC), Moilaputa (Goalpara town) and were admitted to the isolation ward on April 1, 2020 where test results of their swab samples were confirmed positive in the midnight hours i.e., at around 1 am on April 2. However, all the patients in the isolation ward did not exhibit any serious symptoms or illness, he added.
He further informed that the 2nd sample of a total number of 18 quarantined patients were taken for testing on April 3. These results turned out to be negative and the 3rd sample of 33 patients that included the samples of the three positive patients, which were taken on April 4, turned out to be negative. Thus, all the 63 swab samples taken so far have turned out to be negative and no new coronavirus cases have been reported so far through any domestic transmission.
Dr Nilmadhab Das also informed that a total of 59 people were put under institutional quarantine for coronavirus at the Urban Health Centre, Moilaputa and the Industrial Training Institute, Beltola while 2600 people have been put under home quarantine and strict guidelines have been followed as per the government directives. Dr Das also said that all related information regarding the coronavirus in the district have been continuously updated and there has been round the clock medical services rendered by the health workers including the doctors who were assisting the people living, both in institutional as well as in home quarantines. Also quality food is being provided and duties of medical staff earmarked.
The joint director also said that all the medical staff looking after the patients in isolation have been directed to stay at Ronee Plaza near FCI godown to avoid any kind of social transmission and they all will be quarantined for 14 days after a week�s duty.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health & Family Welfare Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the 200-bedded Goalpara Civil Hospital on Sunday to take stock of the situation of the three COVID-19 patients lodged in the isolation ward for treatment. The minister also interacted with the hospital staff and reviewed the preparedness to combat coronavirus and urged all the health workers to be on alert to deal with the virus threat by providing prompt medical attention.
The MLA, Goalpara (West) Abdur Rashid Mandal appealed to all the people not to communalise the issue of coronavirus and not be swayed away by disinformation fed by the social media and urged all the people to maintain peace and harmony in the district.