A screen grab of the video that circulated online
A screen grab of the video that circulated online|EastMojo Image

Sick person in viral video at Zunheboto quarantine tests negative

Video of person being left 'unattended' despite being unwell in Nagaland's Zunheboto goes viral; patient, however, tests COVID-19 negative and is now stable, say officials

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: On Thursday, a video of a person from Zunheboto went viral on social media after a friend of the inmate recorded a clip where he claimed that the patient was left unattended by the health care workers, despite being unwell.

When contacted, a frontline worker, on condition of anonymity told EastMojo that the inmate at JNV, Lumami campus reportedly developed fever on Wednesday morning but kept his health status hidden. After the surveillance team received the information, the deputy CMO, who is a medicine specialist, attended the patient.

The source said that the patient was then transported to the civil hospital in Zunheboto on Wednesday and remained in isolation. “He is stable now. There is no cough, the temperature has gone down and the blood sample also tested negative,” the source said. It is informed that the sample was tested on a Truenat machine and a second test will also conducted on Friday.

When asked about why the patient was left unattended, the source said that the inmate did not declare his health status in the application that was meant to monitor the daily health status of the inmates. “The quarantine inmates are becoming so unruly to control. They do not stay in their designated beds. So, till the inmates were settled, the health care workers could not attend the patient,” the source added.

The source said that the patient also had a panic attack. As per reports, the patient developed mild breathing problem due to induced Anxiety as a result of isolating him. The inmate reportedly did not upload his health status as “he did not want to let other inmates know about his status and to avoid panic reaction among the inmates”.

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