Guwahati, May 8 : A junior doctor of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here has tested positive for COVID 19, leading to sealing off of the busiest hospital in the North Eastern region. The doctor, reportedly hailing from Andhra Pradesh, is a postgraduate student of the GMCH and was engaged in the screening process of patients, including COVID 19 suspects.
State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed over Twitter that the junior doctor from GMCH tested positive last night. He Tweeted: “A PG student at Guwahati Medical College has tested COVID positive last night. Consequently we have to screen everyone who came in contact with him and sanitize the entire GMCH premises. As such we have to close the hospital for new patients for next few days.” “Although we are closing the hospital (GMCH)for new patients, special arrangements will be in place for patients already admitted and collection of new swab samples. Soliciting cooperation and understanding from all, in the interest of public safety,” he further wrote.
The doctor was a resident of a GMCH hostel and sanitization of the hostel, along with the hospital, has been started. The Health department had earlier signed MoU with private hospitals for routing patients from GMCH in case of detection of COVID cases in the facility, and the new patients are likely to be sent to these hospitals. The GMCH is the busiest hospital in North East and with detection of the virus in a doctor has further aggravated the novel coronavirus situation in the state. The doctor is among the eight new positive COVID 19 cases detected in Assam yesterday, including three others from Guwahati, taking the total number of cases to 53. (UNI)