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Kohima detects first COVID-19 patient in Pvt hospital

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Kohima, August 11: Kohima on Tuesday reported the first COVID-19 positive patient from among persons undergoing treatment in private hospitals.
An in-patient at Oking Hospital Kohima who had come from Dimapur was tested positive today, confirmed Managing Director of Oking Hospital, Dr Vikethonyu Kesiezie, adding that the TrueNat confirmatory test was conducted by Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.
Dr Kesiezie said before coming to Kohima for treatment of other ailment, the patient had undergone TrueNat test in Dimapur which was negative but after being admitted here since his wife had tested positive in Dimapur, the hospital decided to conduct COVID-19 re-test on him and it came out to be positive.
Dr Kesiezie said even as the patient was admitted in VIP cabin, the said room along with other cabins in the second floor of Oking Hospital has been completely sealed.
He also informed that three doctors and 3 nurses who had come into direct contact with the patient have undergone COVID-19 testing and their result is awaited. They have been currently put under isolation, he said.
Further, Dr Kesiezie said that following the detection of the positive case within the hospital, all necessary preventive measure to contain the spread of the virus has been initiated while the hospital has been sanitized regularly.
Except for sealing of the second floor of the hospital, all wards/departments and activities are in normal progress, informed Dr Kesiezie.
Meanwhile, following reports of sealing of the entire hospital complexes in the aftermath of detection of COVID-19 positive cases in Dimapur, but the same not applied in Kohima, social media has been loaded with queries as to why same yardsticks was not applicable for different districts.
However, on being contacted, State Health Department officials said that on July 24 last it had issued new SOP which states that “once a suspect/confirmed case is detected in a healthcare facility, standard procedure of rapid isolation, contact listing and tracking disinfection will follow with no need to shut down the whole facility”.
Health Department officials said as per the new SOP only the wing/floor of the hospital where positive case is detected needs to be sealed while the rest of the complex can function normally following all standard procedures. (Page News Service)