NORTH LAKHIMPUR, April 20 - A COVID-19 patient from Lakhimpur district was discharged from the hospital following his sample testing negative. Babul Ali, a resident of Abdul Lateef Baruah Road in Ward No. 11 of North Lakhimpur town was released from the Telahi Model Hospital, Panigaon this afternoon after being treated and quarantined for last 16 days.
The patient was discharged in presence of State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and other officials of Lakhimpur district administration. Addressing the media at the hospital, Dr Sarma said that Babul Ali was brought to the hospital on April 4 following test of his samples on April 2. As per protocol his samples were again sent to the ICMR laboratory in Lahowal, Dibrugarh on April 16 which tested negative, the minister said. �His subsequent test on April 17 also resulted negative and after consultations with doctors and taking required X-rays, the decision to discharge the patient has been taken,� Dr Sarma informed.
Further the Health Minister announced that Babul Ali would be put in observation for 14 more days as a cured person with relaxations like taking morning walk, talking to his family members on phone etc.
With the release of Babul Ali in Lakhimpur, the number of discharged patients of COVID-19 in Assam has increased to 19. It may be mentioned that Babul Ali attended the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi and returned to North Lakhimpur in mid-March.
The Health Minister also informed that there were 250 testing kits for COVID-19 kept ready in Lakhimpur district and the North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital would be equipped with 50 ICU beds instead of a temporary COVID-19 hospital.
Two prominent businessmen from North Lakhimpur, Tarun Dutta and Narendra Maheswari donated Rs 5 lakh to the Assam Arogya Nidhi fund on the occasion at the Telahi Model Hospital.