JORHAT, July 19 - Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has suggested to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital authorities to set up a separate isolation ward for all patients coming to the hospital for emergency treatment in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 among doctors and employees.
Speaking to mediapersons after his visit to the JMCH on Saturday, Sarma suggested that patients should first be isolated and doctors and staff wearing PPE kits should examine them. He said that the patients should be tested for Covid-19 virus, the results of which should be given within eight to 12 hours. �If the patients test negative, then they should they be shifted to other wards,� Sarma observed.
It may be mentioned here that in Jorhat district about 60 healthcare workers and doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.
The Minister further stated that he had instructed the Health department to supply insulin and other requirements to Covid-19 patients who were also suffering from diabetes and heart ailments.
He said that he also asked JMCH authorities to allow home-made food for Covid-19 patients if the family of the patients were willing to give the food, but should ensure that the food was packed in disposable packets/containers.
Meanwhile, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati informed on Saturday evening that Shyamal, a resident of Gar-Ali area, died at the JMCH on Saturday. It is learnt that Shyamal was a plumber from Odisha who was staying here and working.
Meanwhile, 75 positive cases were found on Saturday in Jorhat district out of which 74 did not have travel history, the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner stated. Among the 75 positive people, 28 were of Jorhat town having no travel history, Korati said.