Meghalaya: Three patients tests negative for coronavirus in NEIGRIHMS

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SHILLONG | March 20, 2020:

NEIGRIHMS director, Dr. D.M. Thappa informed that three persons suspected COVID-19 cases which they had send for testing had turned out to be negative.

"All the three cases were of those belonging to the State," Dr. Thappa told reporters on Friday. He also told that they have also constituted a Corona Virus Task Virus to deal with such cases safely and effectively.

Meanwhile, NEIGRIHMS director also said that they have put all the specialist together such as medicinal specialist, micro biologist, ICU, ventilators, to take care of infected patient and also make sure that the virus does not spread.

Informing that there were apprehensions of the medical workers and staff on how to safeguard themselves while delaying with COVID-19 cases, Dr Thappa said the task force will also conduct training and programmes for four days out of which two two days will be for faculty and two days for other health care workers.

"Task is not just to take care of infected people but the health workers also and stop the infection," he said further adding that if a CoVID 19 patient is admitted they will have to see to it that it gets treated without others getting infected.

According to him, these are barrier nursing procedure to see how much barrier we can put, there is high infection happening to doctors also.

When asked, whether the institute is equipped to handle an outbreak, the Director said that even in the best country sometimes one cannot estimate the explosion that is going to happen and as this is ever evolving procedure. Pointing out that the institute has ICU of 30 beds which is a major facility, he said that the institute also has other ICUS utilised by other departments besides a separate ICU.

"At the moment we have the facilities to deal with it, but if 100 people come at the sametime with serious respiratory distress all of a sudden perhaps we may not be equipped to handle that and I don't think any centre in India is equipped to that extend," he added.

Meanwhile, on the availability of masks the Director acknowledged that they had some difficulties in procurring earlier but recently they have new supply of surgical masks.

"We have good number of N 95 mask also but normally not required and generally surgical masks are used and we have in plenty," he added.