Suspected patient flees from hospital; tracked, readmitted
STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: The Srinagar control room established for coordinating elaborate measures put in place in the district in efforts to contain spread of the coronavirus infection has received complaints about over 400 persons who have returned from outside countries in the recent past but have hidden their travel histories. These complaints have been received during this past week after the first positive case of the district surfaced on March 18.
People with foreign travel history urged to report Jammu: The J&K government has urged people to voluntarily report to authorities if they have a recent travel history to coronavirus-hit countries amid heightened concerns that those returning from abroad were evading screening and raising the possibility of the spread of the virus. Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said authorities were flooded with messages about travellers concealing their travel history, and urged them to “act responsibly” to break the chain of transmission. He said authorities were concerned as the travellers would have mingled with the local population. The government appealed to students, particularly, who have not declared their travel history and asked family members, neighbours to report such cases through helpline numbers 0191-2549676 at UT level, 0191-2520982, 2674444, 2674115 (Jammu division) and 0194-2440283, 2430581. “Trust me if I share a summary of daily events none in Kashmir will sleep. Let’s keep our egos aside, work collectively and instead of raising panic and alarm help each other to improve. This 3rd World War. Nothing less. If it passes we will have a Lifetime for all that,” the senior official warned. He said surveillance teams were able to track 29 people coming from Bangkok, the UK, Dubai, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan, who skipped medical teams by changing routes or avoiding travel history. In another tweet, Choudhary said, “Two brothers. Same Medical College in Bangladesh. One travels by air, declares travel history lands in Quarantine. Other takes road goes home, probably enjoyed Wazwan. Smart neighbour informs Control Room. Team got in touch. Symptomatic. WHO guidelines lecture please?” “A girl coming from US posed as Student returning from Bangladesh. A ‘thick skinned babu’ (as we are called) insisted on passport while allotting room, got to know. USA 3rd highest COVID cases in the world. I need to attend another lecture on WHO guidelines now!!,” he said. He cited another case of a man trying to evade the coronavirus protocol, saying a gentleman coming from Italy reached New Delhi via another port. “Takes train to Jammu n Cab to home in #Srinagar. Just to hide travel history. Traced. Need collective focus to handle it. Things are not that simple as they appear from homes & office rooms. WHO guidelines anyone?” he tweeted.
Of these over 200 have been verified and found to be true so far after surveillance teams traced the persons these complaints were about. Of the latter around 150 persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been shifted into quarantine. The remaining 50-odd persons were found to have had national travel histories and were put under home quarantine whereas the remaining number of the total number of complaints received are under process of tracking. It should be noted that a well-equipped control room with a robust mechanism for coordination and tracing of suspected cases has been established in the district. It includes an elaborate mechanism of surveillance with over 50 teams constituted as part of it assisting it in tracing suspected cases. In addition to a full-fledged infrastructural set-up which includes IT-enabled apparatus and mechanism the control room is manned with a dedicated team of IT and healthcare professionals. It should be noted that a total of around 1750 persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been put under quarantine in 40 out of 90 facilities set up so far in the district. Meanwhile, a suspected coronavirus patient, who had recently travelled to another country, this afternoon fled from a hospital here but was immediately tracked and re-admitted, officials said. They said legal action would be taken against the patient for putting other people’s health at risk. “A suspected coronavirus patient, with travel history to Hungary, fled from Chest Disease Hospital at Dalgate,” the officials said. The patient, a resident of Batamaloo area of the city here, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and his sample has been sent for the COVID-19 test, the officials said. However, the patient was immediately tracked and re-admitted to a hospital. “Tracked. Admitted again. Legal action to follow,” District Magistrate Srinagar, Shahid Choudhary said on Twitter. Meanwhile, in the wake of the surfacing of two more coronavirus positive cases, the District Magistrate Srinagar has ordered imposition of very strict restrictions in the district. The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC states that there shall be complete restrictions on public movement including private transport and operation of businesses and activities across the district up to April 15. It states that only officials of essential services departments as designated and certified by their heads will be allowed to move on the production of movement passes issued by the District Magistrate adding that the lowest minimum number of officials are being provided passes and allowed to move. The order states that doctors, paramedical staff, ambulance operators and those officials assigned by the district disaster management authority on COVID-19 emergency response duty will be allowed to move on production of valid identify cards. Concerned agencies have been asked to ensure strict implementation of the order and strict action against violators. The order states that the decision to impose strict restrictions has been taken as a preventive measure in view of the increased number of coronavirus positive cases – now grown to three – surfacing in the district and are aimed at containing spread of the infection.
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