COVID-19: Assam prof hid travel history, sent to home quarantine

Assam Medical College & Hospital professor Hemanta Dutta, who returned from Dubai on March 9 but hid info, sent to home quarantine, samples sent for coronavirus testing

Rishu Kalantri

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: A professor of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) has been sent to home quarantine and his samples collected and sent for coronavirus aka COVID-19 testing on Wednesday.

Prof Hemanta Dutta, HOD of pediatrics surgery in AMCH, had returned from Dubai on March 9 but he concealed this information from the principal of the institute.

The development comes close on the heels of a couple in Pune, with travel history to Dubai, testing positive for coronavirus on March 9. The husband and wife had returned on March 1 but reported to the hospital on March 9 after developing mild symptoms, Maharashtra state health officials had said then.

Talking to EastMojo, principal of AMCH H K Goswami said, "Today, it has been brought to my knowledge that professor Dutta had travelled to Dubai and returned on March 9. He had kept his travel history to a foreign country hidden from me," said Goswami.

“Immediately, instructions were issued and he was sent for home quarantine. His samples have also been collected and sent for testing," Goswami said, adding, "The results will come on Thursday after which doubts will be cleared."

Conceding the fact that he might have come in close contact with few persons after his return from Dubai, Goswami said that the professor had not taken any classes since his return from Dubai. "The professor does not have any symptoms of coronavirus as of today, but since he visited a foreign country where coronavirus has made its way, he had to be sent to home quarantine," he said.

“Although the professor has said that he had suspended OTs, I have learnt from my sources that he visited the campus on several occasions," Goswami added.

Since Tuesday, Assam government has ordered screening of all domestic passengers at airports and railway stations. Goswami added: "So far, around 30 samples have been tested and all of them have turned negative. Report of one test is being awaited."

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