Kohima: As Nagaland reported the first positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dimapur on Sunday, the health department issued a statement which revealed that the patient, identified as a male, had entered the state on March 24 through an Air India flight no 709 with seat no 5B from Kolkata. While the patient had submitted a self-declaration form to the medical staff on arrival, he was advised to undergo home quarantine for 14 days on condition that if he becomes symptomatic, he has to contact the district surveillance unit as per the guidelines.

It claimed that on March 30, the district surveillance team contacted the patient by following the protocol and enquired about his health status and he was reported as asymptomatic, following which the team reminded him to contact the control room of chief medical officer’s office in case of any health issues during the quarantine period.

As per the information received from the patient’s father on April 12, the patient who was already in Guwahati at that time, had complained of vomiting blood on April 6. It said that as on April 8, the patient was admitted to Zion Hospital in Dimapur as an indoor patient although he was later discharged on April 10.

The next day, the patient was re-admitted to the same hospital and around 6.30 pm, the district surveillance team received a call from the hospital stating that the patient was in critical condition. The district surveillance officer of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) had advised for stabilising the patient and sending him to the COVID-19 Hospital in Dimapur for further necessary action and to contact the Public Relations Officer of the hospital.

It mentioned that as per its report from the Covid-19 Hospital in Dimapur, the patient got admitted to the COVID-19 Hospital at 9:43 pm on April 11 along with a discharge slip from Zion Hospital requesting him to be referred to Apollo Hospital, Guwahati for further treatment and evaluation. Further, on the request of the patient, the COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur referred him to Guwahati.

After his arrival to Dimapur on March 24 till April 12, his mobile footprint was tracked and all the time he was home quarantined except visiting/admitting to hospitals, it said.

The news of the first COVID-19 confirmed case was first announced by Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who tweeted on Sunday at 10:52PM saying, “A private hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland referred a patient to GMCH after he was found with symptoms of #COVID19. He has tested positive and is undergoing treatment.”⁠

Later, taking to Twitter on Monday at 2:43 am, Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom wrote: “Unfortunately one person from Dimapur has tested positive of COVID-19 & is under treatment at GMCH at Guwahati. Anyone who came into contact with the person will be immediately quarantined,also certain locations will be sealed for general safety.”

The statement which was issued on Monday morning said that as soon as the news broke about a patient referred from Nagaland to Guwahati being detected COVID-19 positive on Sunday, an emergency meeting was held at chief medical officer’s office, Dimapur at 12:30 am on Monday which was attended by health minister S Pangyu Phom, special committee member for Covid-19 Dimapur Y Kikheto Sema, the deputy commissioner and commissioner of police, CMO Dimapur, medical superintendent, medical officers and staff.

Following the meeting, the entire Marwari Patti and Ghorapatty areas have been sealed. The parents and family members of the patient who are currently in Guwahati are undergoing necessary tests and that the members of the joint family of the patient have already been shifted to government quarantine centre.

Zion Hospital in Dimapur which treated the patient has been sealed and all doctors, nurses, all other staff and their family members who came into direct and indirect contact with the patient are to be quarantined.

It said that the contact tracing has started for all those passengers who were on the same flight taken by the patient – Air India 709 on March 24. Although, the 14-day quarantine period has lapsed on April 6, all passengers are directed to immediately report to their respective district surveillance unit/CMO office wherever they are located in order to check their health status for further necessary action through the District Surveillance Unit at 7630877991/7630877983.

The wholesale market on GS Road in Dimapur and retail shops at Marwaripatti and Ghorapatty will be closed until further order. It also appealed the citizens not to panic, as necessary precautionary measures are made to tackle the current situation and further sought the support and cooperation towards the authorities.

The statement was jointly issued by Y Kikheto Sema, APC and commissioner & secretary, agriculture, special committee, COVID-19, Dimapur; Anoop Khinchi, deputy commissioner; Rothihu Tetseo, commissioner of police, Dimapur; Dr T Pangjung Sangtam, chief medical officer; Dr Z Kheshito Zhimo, medical superintendent, District Hospital, Dimapur.

Earlier, the state’s health department informed that as of 5 pm on Sunday, a total of 74 samples of suspected cases were sent for testing from the state and the results of 70 samples were received and all found to be negative.

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