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Cooperation from patients key to tackling COVID-19: Himanta

By Correspondent

DERGAON, April 4 - Though the COVID-19 positive patients are being given normal treatment as of now, they must cooperate with the government and doctors, otherwise they run the risk of ruining the entire society. This was stated by Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, while addressing the press at Golaghat on Friday.

�Since the virus has no religion or political party, so all of us should come forward voluntarily, especially those who met the people attending the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi,� he said.

�A few people from Golaghat district who attended the Nizamuddin Markaz are yet to be traced as they are still outside the State. Some of them returned till March 22. However, the number of such persons have not yet been finalised,� he said.

Sarma said some of the people kept in quarantine at hospitals were exhibiting some unacceptable behaviour like spitting from the isolation halls on the upper floors, thus creating an unhygienic condition from which the virus might spread.

The Health Minister visited the district to take stock of the present status of patients and the quarantine facilities after eight persons tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minister visited the isolation wards along with the quarantine halls at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital at Golaghat and found that the treatment of the positive patients was going on well and their condition was normal.

Sarma told the media that some persons under hospital quarantine have expressed the view that they are being kept in isolation without any symptoms, which was not logical because they must be observed as the symptoms might show up after some days of their getting infected.

Sarma was accompanied by Ministers Atul Bora and Piyush Hazarika and MLA Mrinal Saikia. Earlier, the Health Minister discussed the situation in the district with the civil and police administration. Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Bibhash Chandra Modi apprised Sarma of the measures taken in the district. The Health Minister asked the DC to provide books, radios and good food to the patients in the isolation wards.

DIPRO in-charge and Assistant Commissioner Papu Gogoi said 50 people are under quarantine at the civil hospital. A total of 44 samples have been sent for tests to Jorhat, he said.

Many villages � including Islampur, Rampur and Bhaloguri in Merapani, Dhuliagaon in Marangi and Dighalipam in Dergaon � have been sealed till April 14 as COVID-19 positive patients were found in these villages. The villagers have also put up barricades and are not allowing any outsider to enter.

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