UKHRUL: A nurse of Ukhrul District Hospital (UDH) and her sister who returned from Imphal recently, have tested positive for Coronavirus, sparking a fresh wave of concern among the public over ‘possible local transmission’ in Manipur’s Ukhrul district. The health personal (Nurse-CHO) and her sister currently reside at the official staff quarters of the district hospital, in Hungpung village, sources said.
Subsequently, the district magistrate has announced containment of the entire precincts of the district hospital with immediate effect, along with initiating necessary containment and surveillance measures in connection with the case.
“Both results came out Positive during Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Wednesday, following which they were shifted to the district’s TK Woodland Covid care facility immediately,” an official source said, while adding that the two underwent the test after the nurse showed mild symptoms of the disease.
The district’s chief medical officer (CMO), taking preemptive measures has announced a mandatory testing for all the medical staffers posted at Ukhrul district (regular, contractual or family members staying with staffers) before returning for duty after overnight stay at Imphal and other districts. “A compulsory Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) has to be done at the screening centre at Bakshi Ground to rule out the virus before joining the duty. Non compliance of this order will be dealt seriously and necessary action will be initiated,” the CMO warned in an order issued Thursday.
The district surveillance office has also initiated a slew of necessary surveillance and containment measures. The DSO has asked all staff members of the district hospitals and patients, patient parties and others who had come in contact with the nurse to immediately undergo home quarantine and to get tested for the virus on the sixth day after the last contact.
“A testing team is being pressed into service and is stationed at Bakshi Ground at Dungrei in Hungpung village,” it said.