Bethany closed, patients shifted to other hospitals
SHILLONG: The Bethany Hospital authorities on Sunday closed down the hospital after the staff and patients were evacuated from the premises while Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the condition of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 were stable.
Confirming the development, Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek said that the hospital was closed on Sunday night.
A Health department official informed that the patients have been accommodated at Civil Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, Robert Hospital and NEIGRIHMS and they have tested negative for COVID- 19.
Earlier, the hospital was sealed after its owner Dr John Sailo Ryntathiang tested positive for COVID-19 and later died.
Hek also informed that around 34-35 people from Pomlakrai have tested negative for COVID-19. An individual hailing from the village, who is a domestic help at the Sailo household has tested positive.
Earlier, Hek along with DHS(MI) Dr Aman War, Dr Syiem I/C of Pomlum PHC and health workers visited Pomlakrai village and Laitkor Mawrie and met Rangbah Shnong Borlik Suting and members of the Shnong and all the volunteers of the locality to take stock of the situation and motivate them not to panic and to follow the health advisory.
He thanked the members of the locality for their cooperation to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, appreciated the residents of Pomlakrai for extending support to the family of the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
“Is is a wonderful story of how the villagers have come together to handle this situation and I think this is an example that must be followed and replicated in the future if there are such incidents in any other part of the state,” the chief minister said during a media briefing.
He also informed that to effectively monitor home quarantine, the government is using the Corontine App developed by IIT Bombay.
He said that those who visited Bethany Hospital, Shillong on or after March 24, visited Bethany Hospital, Nongpoh on or after March 30 and those identified as primary contact or secondary contact of the corona positive patients should download the app.
“The database of about 5,300 individuals who fall in these categories is with the Health and Family Welfare department. These individuals will all receive an SMS or a link via WhatsApp on their mobile phones to download the app today (Sunday),” the chief minister said.
He said the features of the app ensure that the users follow quarantine protocols. “It also notifies if there are positive cases around you and it helps authorities contain the spread of the virus. The government will also ensure that all families under compulsory home quarantine downloaded the app,” the chief minister said.
“The government will also ensure that all families under compulsory home quarantine have downloaded the app are given free home-delivery of rations so that they don’t have to step out of their homes. We will start the process from April 22 and will reach all the households soon”, he said.
Total samples tested: 766
Tested negative : 678
Tested positive: 11 (10 active)
Results awaited: 77
Persons screened: 24,382
Home quarantine: 4198
Institutional quarantine: 175
Primary contacts traced: 199
Secondary contacts: 5,363
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