Nagaland Covid-19 patient tested positive again

Kohima, April 24 (NE): The department of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday, April 23, 2020 updating on the condition of the Covid-19 patient from Nagaland said that the third test result has come out positive for Covid-19 test in Guwahati.

Addressing the press conference, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Kesonyu Yhome said that the report received from the Superintendent, Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) the patient was initially tested positive for Covid-19 upon admission to GMCH and subsequent second test was negative and the third time he was tested positive again.

Yhome added that the fourth test is due in few days and presently the patient is stable and was shifted from the ICU to the isolation ward for further observation.

The Department has been in touch with the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) officials to enquire about his health status, he added.

Updating on the surveillance activities in the containment zone in connection with the Covid-19 positive patient from Dimapur, over 5000 persons have been interviewed covering 909 households as of April 23, 2020 and all samples (382) sent from Dimapur district have tested negative, said Yhome.

Covid-19 status update:

Updating on the status report of the whole State, as of 3:00 pm, April 23 2020, a total of 543 samples out of 607 sent from Nagaland have been received and all have tested negative.

Personnel Protective Equipments (PPEs):

Yhome also updated about the items received by the state till date which includes 56,000 PPEs; 2,76,000 triple layer masks; 42,000 N95 masks; 11 ICU ventilators, 09 transport ventilators and 50 C-PAP machines; 1007 B type Oxygen cylinders; 119 A Type Nitrous Cylinders and 54 Jumbo Oxygen Cylinders through various consignments.

PPEs Quality Issues:

On the issue raised about the quality of equipments being distributed to the districts, Yhome said that Department cannot afford to risk the lives of the healthcare workers who are the ‘Frontline warriors’ in this battle against the disease. He further said that all districts have been informed to come to the Directorate to choose and select the equipments in stock by themselves.

Bio Safety laboratory (BSL-3) at NHAK:

Yhome informed that the State Government is giving full support to the department in the expeditious completion of the bio safety lab and the Department is pressing hard to enable the State to begin testing samples for COVID-19 in Nagaland within 20 days from Thursday, April 23, 2020.

(Source: DIPR)