Covid-suspect patient escapes from CD Hospital, traced
3 new suspected cases admitted, samples taken
A patient suspected of COVID19 escaped from Chest Diseases Hospital here today. A doctor at the hospital said that the female patient, a resident of Srinagar, had returned from Saudi Arabia and had symptoms of flu. However, when doctors started the process of admission, she disappeared.
Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, in-charge of COVID19 response at the hospital said the district administration had been apprised about the suspected case. “We have sought help of administration to locate her,” he said.
Late evening, the patient was traced and sent to quarantine facility. DC Srinagar tweeted, “Technical surveillance team traced the patient who ran away. Returned to quarantine.”
He commended the team and expressed anguish over the act where the patient dodged the requirement for quarantine. “Such people should face culpable homicide charges,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, a woman who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia died at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), with Institute denying reports of the patient being COVID19 patient.
Last night the patient with breathing problem was brought to SKIMS where she expired past midnight. Medical superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said the patient had no flu symptoms, however since she had travelled to Saudi Arabia recently, she was tested for COVID19. “Her report has come out negative,” he said.
He added that the patient was “completely alright during the day but had developed cardiac distress in evening. “She was a known case of cardiac illness,” he said. The patient, he asserted, did not die of COVID19 as per the test report,” he said.
He further said that three COVID19 suspect cases were seen at SKIMS on Saturday and their samples taken. One of these, he said, was a contact of COVID19 positive case from Srinagar.
At Government Medical College Srinagar, five samples tested for COVID19 have tested negative, while no other suspected case was seen on Saturday.
3611 persons under observation in JK:
The Government today informed that 3611 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, only four cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 2557 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 50 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 584 while as 420 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
The Bulletin further said that 213 samples have been sent for testing of which 205 tested as negative and only four cases have tested positive so far, while as four reports are awaited till March 21, 2020.
Meanwhile, a 24×7 toll-free national helpline number 1075 has been activated for support, guidance, and response to health related queries on novel coronavirus disease. The government of Jammu and Kashmir has also set up helpline numbers in this regard: 0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), 0191-2520982 (Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581 (Kashmir Division).
The government has directed that home quarantine is mandatory for anybody having travel history to Novel Coronavirus affected countries/ areas in order to contain the spread of the disease. All the travellers who have arrived from Covid-19 affected countries/ areas and have not declared their travel history so far have been appealed to necessarily report to local health authorities/ Covid helpline and undergo self-imposed home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.