Shillong, May 23 : Bethany Hospital in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong was reopened on Saturday after sealing it for 40 days following the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus where its founder, Dr. John L. Sailo Rynthathiang was infected and succumbed to the virus.
Dr Sailo, as fondly known, was the first COVID-19 positive patient who was tested positive on April 13, and his passing away on April 15, brought shock and panic in Meghalaya not only among the citizens, but frontline warriors too. The State government allowed the Bethany Hospital to re-opened after the District Medical & Health Officer of East Khasi Hills, Shillong Municipal Board and Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board inspected the entire hospital.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma accompanied by Commissioner and Secretary for Health and Family Welfare, P. Sampath Kumar also visited Bethany hospital and paid rich tributes to the late renowned physician in the presence of his wife and other family members. “I would like to tell the people who are regular to Bethany that there is nothing to fear. I think that life should go on and move on,” Sangma said. He said that the biggest tribute to Dr. Sailo will be for the team to continue with the good work and fulfil his vision for the people. Sangma also thanked the entire Bethany Hospital team that responded to the pressure in a positive and cooperative manner.
"I also thank the network and the community for supporting the government and Bethany Hospital,” Sangma said. Bethany Hospital Spokesperson Dr. Kyntiewlang Sanmiet said the hospital has also reinstituted its policies and polished its ways of working to prevent viral transmission. “We want to share the good news that none of our staff was tested positive for COVID-19. As we move towards a new normal, be assured that we will do our best to continuously deliver quality patient care and hopefully, this reopening will serve as a beacon of hope,” Dr Sanmiet said. Meghalaya recorded 14 cases of COVID-19 including Dr Sailo, out of which, 12 have recovered, and one patient is still positive. (UNI)