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Dimapur, July 2: In another case of medical mismanagement and negligence related of COVID-19 in Peren District, at least two persons who were sent to home quarantine tested positive on Thursday, while another 30 in the district tested positive at quarantine centres.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Peren District has risen to 146.
Confirming this to Nagaland Page, the Deputy Commissioner of Peren, Sentiwapang Aier said two returnees from Haryana tested positive while under home quarantine.
“They were referred to home quarantine. We decided to keep them because of the fact that they have been mixing up with the positive cases. So that locally we made a decision here but at the same time we were more concerned about the Chennai returnees which showed very highly positive cases,” he said.
Delving more into the case, the DC said, “So during that time somehow the requirement of testing them and keeping them for longer period was missed by the Medical Department and that was very unfortunate, but not intentional.”
This is how it happened that some were released before retesting and advised for home quarantine, he said.
When queried whether it was medical negligence, he affirmed, “Yes that’s what I can say at present” and assured to take prompt action. He said it will be taken care of and “our priority at present is to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the district.”
All the positives are in community quarantine but somehow one or two of them went home and they happen to be positive cases, Aier remarked.
“After the detection of the positive cases from the home quarantines, necessary steps have been taken to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 in the district,” the DC said.
Meanwhile the Deputy Commissioner has declared Dobashi Colony, Jalukie Town, its adjoining areas and ward No. 5, Tening Town as containment zone in view of the detection of positive cases amongst the home quarantines.
“The Medical department has already initiated contact tracing in the district and every efforts is being taken up”, the DC assured.
The case of negligence comes against the backdrop of the fear raised by opposition leader TR Zeliang of community transmission of COVID-19 in Peren District.
While the DC Peren claimed that only two returnees from Haryana tested positive while under home quarantine, the opposition leader had in a letter to the State Chief Minister on July 1 last claimed “alarmingly high number of COVID-19 positive cases detected from among 96 Haryana returnees who are now settled in their respective villages under Peren District.
Zeliang had alleged that the returnees who had arrived Peren District from quarantine centres based at Dimapur were sent to their respective villages without completion of their 14 days quarantine period and without ascertaining their COVID-19 status at the district level.
“Only after reaching their respective villages, their test samples were collected and sent to BSL-3 lab Kohima out of which many have tested positive while more results are awaited,” the opposition leader had claimed in the letter to the Chief Minister. (Page News Service)