Tinsukia: A 65-year-old radiographer, working at the CT scan department of Archana hospital in Assam’s Dibrugarh town, having no travel and contact history, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, prompting the district administration to declare the ground floor of the hospital as containment zone.
A radiographer (or medical imaging technologist) is a trained health professional who works with cutting edge technology to produce X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans and other medical images to assist clinical radiologists and other doctors diagnose, monitor or treat a patient’s injury or illness.
Confirming the development, joint director of health services of Dibrugarh Naba Jyoti Gogoi said that a radiographer operating CT Scan at Archana hospital has tested positive for COVID-19. “The patient has no travel and contact history. We have begun investigation; however, so far we are clueless regarding how he acquired the virus,” he added.
“Altogether patient’s 12 primary contacts have been identified and their swab samples collection is underway,” Gogoi said, adding, “If any of the primary contacts tests positive, we will go for testing of all secondary contacts.”
Gogoi said this is the fifth field case in the entire district.
Generally, field case is a term used for persons those who have no travel and contact history, but have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The patient has been evacuated and shifted to the COVID ward of Assam Medical College and Hospital.
“We have entered in to the 2nd stage, we appeal people to follow COVID guidelines. People who arrived from Guwahati recently are requested to remain at home. If the cases keep increasing, Dibrugarh may be forced for another lockdown,” Gogoi, while talking to media persons, said.
According to sources, the ground floor of Archana Hospital has been declared containment zone.
In the neighboring Tinsukia, around 19 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 in last 48 hours. Six of them are field case, informed an official.