The Manipur government had on Monday conducted mass testing of street-based drug users in Imphal to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Imphal: A 35-year-old COVID-19 positive patient has reportedly gone missing from the RD Wing COVID-19 care centre at Lamphelpat in Imphal West district on Tuesday morning. The patient is a drug user who was found positive during mass testing for street-based drug users conducted by the social welfare department on Monday.

The patient has been identified as Chesam Firoz of Laipham Khelakhong Mayang Imphal. He was found missing from his room with his belongings during the morning round, the official said.

Dr Maibam Rocky, a medical officer in charge of RD Wing CCC, wrote a missing report letter to the social welfare director Ngangom Uttam Singh and urged him to take necessary action. He further requested to arrange a separate centre for the management of such patients.

According to the official report, Firoz was admitted at the centre on Monday evening after his sample was found positive on RT-PCR testing for COVID-19.

Firoz, the lone drug user who tested positive during the mass testing for COVID-19, was asymptomatic during the time of admission at the centre, it said.

According to the report, some of the patients at the centre saw him wandering around in the corridor at midnight which caused disturbance to other in-patients.

The official also tried to contact the patient on his mobile number but the number has been switched off.

On Monday, the social welfare department, in collaboration with the FINGODAP-Manipur chapter and drug users’ federation for human rights and justice, conducted mass testing for drug users for COVID-19.

Of the total 33 drug users who attended the mass testing, only one male drug user tested positive for COVID-19. The remaining drug users who tested negative were sent to centres for de-addiction and treatment.

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