A health care provider who was current at an occasion attended by Assam well being minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has examined constructive for Covid-19, prompting the opposition Congress to ask for the minister be positioned in quarantine and his swab samples examined.
Take a look at outcomes for the physician, whose samples have been collected on Might 29 as a part of a routine course of, got here in constructive on Tuesday. Following this, the hospital the place he labored, his house and his personal clinic have been declared containment zones and all those that have been in touch with him have been positioned in quarantine.
Sarma had on Monday visited Singimari Mannequin Hospital in Kamrup district, which has been changed into a Covid-19 facility, to evaluate preparations there. The physician, who visits the hospital as a part of his duties, was current throughout Sarma’s go to and was seen in shut proximity to the minister.
“We have now positioned Sualkuchi first referral unit (FRU) hospital, his house and personal clinic underneath containment. Since Singimari Hospital is a Covid-19 facility, all required protocols are already maintained there,” Kamrup’s deputy commissioner Kailash Karthik N mentioned.
“Some medical doctors at Singimari Hospital, who used to deal with Covid-19 sufferers, have been positioned in quarantine. We have now traced 121 shut contacts of the physician and despatched their swab samples for exams. The physician’s members of the family have additionally been put in house quarantine,” he mentioned.
A complete of 79 Covid-19 sufferers are being handled at Singimari Hospital. Because the physician additionally used to deal with sufferers at his personal clinic, efforts are on to hint those that visited the clinic or got here in shut contact with him.
Debabrata Saikia, a Congress legislator and chief of opposition within the Assam meeting, mentioned: “We have now seen in information movies how tips for social distancing have been flouted and the physician, who examined constructive, was standing very near the minister through the go to [to Singimari Hospital].
“I need to know from the well being division if they might place Sarma and all these near him underneath quarantine and take a look at their swab samples as a precautionary measure.”
Sarma, who has been travelling to all corners of Assam for the previous three months and ceaselessly interacting with medical doctors, individuals who have returned from different states and recovered Covid-19 sufferers, dismissed questions on his well being.
“I go to hospitals every day, work together with medical doctors and likewise Covid-19 constructive sufferers. There’s no fear so long as you put on masks and comply with different security measures,” the minister instructed journalists on Tuesday whereas visiting one other Covid-19 hospital in Dhubri district.
Assam has recorded 1,622 Covid-19 circumstances until Wednesday morning. Whereas 338 folks have recovered, two have died, 1,277 are nonetheless being handled and three have gone again to their house states earlier than restoration.