KOKRAJHAR: People in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of the state have expressed fear of mass transmission of COVID-19 after a COVID-19 positive patient, who is also a rape convict, escaped from the isolation ward of Rup Nath Brahma (RNB) Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar district early morning on Wednesday.
The patient, identified as Sukut Murmu alias Sukla (27), hails from Santipara of Dhaligaon in Chirang district. He is a rape convict and was lodged at the District Jail in Kokrajhar in connection with Dhaligaon police station case number 112/20 under section (u/s) 376D/IPC of May 15.
Murmu was admitted to the isolation ward of the COVID-19 hospital on July 24 after he was detected COVID-19 positive during a random swab test conducted at the district jail.
According to Dr N R Biswas, superintendent (in-charge) of RNB civil hospital, a nurse on duty at the isolation ward, which housed the COVID-19 patient, noticed at around 9 am, on Wednesday that the iron rods of one of the windows in the corridor of the second floor of the hospital building was removed and a cloth was hanging from the window to the ground floor of the hospital.
Immediately, she informed her seniors about the situation and later informed the police.
A senior police officer on condition of anonymity confirmed that a police team rushed to the spot and found that a positive patient had escaped from the isolation ward.
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“The patient has escaped from the isolation ward after breaking the window as clothes were found hanging from the wall of the hospital,” he said. Security at the hospital has been tightened following the incident
Meanwhile, Kokrajhar district administration has declared three more containment zones in Kokrajhar town– Gaurnanar, Santinagar and Rabindranagar– following detection of five positive cases from these localities on Tuesday.