SHILLONG, Aug 4 - The Meghalaya Health Department today held a meeting with heads of all hospitals, located in the State capital, to ensure better coordination so that people are not deprived of basic health care facilities.
The Director of Health Services, Aman War, said that the aim of the meeting was to ensure that all the hospitals work in a coordinated manner and patients are not denied their right to health care facilities.
However, during the meeting, the heads of the hospitals expressed concern as doctors and nurses are denied entry to their homes or are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days in their respective localities.
War said that such an attitude should change, and appealed to the general public not to look down upon health workers or those patients who are discharged from hospitals after testing negative for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a large number of patients today recovered in the State and were declared COVID-19 free. Altogether 66 patents had recovered and were discharged from the hospitals. With this, a total of 330 patients have recovered from the infection.
On the other hand, 15 more persons tested positive for COVID-19. The total active cases in the State have gone down to 582 from Monday�s 609 cases with more recoveries and fewer people getting infected.
Out of the 15 new cases, East Khasi Hills district registered nine, Ri-bhoi district one and West Garo Hills district five cases. The East Khasi Hills district has 473 active cases, Ri-Bhoi 55, West Jaintia Hills 16, East Jaintia Hills 17, West Garo Hills 14 and South Garo Hills two.
Till date, 38,977 samples have been sent for testing out of which 37,684 were negative. Reports of 476 samples are awaited. Moreover, 25,218 stranded citizens of Meghalaya have returned to the State.