Chanda man admitted negative coronavirus tests on GMCH

Nagpur: A 28-year-old man from Chandrapur who was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital Isolation Ward (GMCH) on Sunday was checked for coronavirus and released from the hospital. GMCH’s isolation ward is now without a new patient.

A middle-aged man based in a town with a travel history to Dubai in February last week, however, developed cough, cold and body ache on Monday. The patient himself told the GMCH of his state of health. Hospital authorities said they asked him to report to the hospital and get himself admitted to the ward of isolation.

“However, so far the individual is not willing to be accepted. He said he would stay at home ensuring no close contact with anyone else. His samples are to be obtained on Tuesday and sent for processing, “a senior GMCH official said.

The only laboratory test facility at Indira Gandhi Government Medical Hospital (IGGMCH), Nagpur, receives swab samples for testing from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and part of Madhya Pradesh. They have checked 40 samples till Monday.

“These include four of IGGMCH, five of GMCH, one of Amravati, Akola, two of Wardha, twenty of Chhattisgarh and seven of Madhya Pradesh. So far no positive sample has been tested, “said Dr Sagar Pande, the hospital’s assistant medical superintendent.

Since March 6th, thermal screening of commuters arriving by international flights is performed at the city airport. More than 260 passengers have been checked at the airport to date and none of them has been identified to be offenders.

The Department of Health has kept the ambulance and medical staff at the airport ready in case the thermal scanner identifies any commuter as a suspect.

Ahead of Holi, citizens were seen buying hand sanitizers in large numbers on Monday. In reality, sanitizers went out of stock in most of the medical stores in Dhantoli and Central Baazar Road where many major hospitals are situated.

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