The discharged patients who have been called back to the hospital are the daughter of a Ceasefire employee from Sector-137 and a 53-year-old man from Sector-128, Noida. Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: Two COVID-19 patients who were earlier discharged from Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida, UP, have been called back after their repeat test showed them positive again for the deadly virus on Monday morning.

In a test result from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), both the patients had tested negative for COVID-19. However, reports from an Aligarh laboratory showed them positive again. Officials believe that there can be some technical glitch in the Aligarh lab report, but they are not aware of what it may be.

The discharged patients are the daughter of a Ceasefire employee from Sector-137 and a 53-year-old man from Sector 128 in Noida.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, Director, GIMS, said that they got the patients back as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, they are conducting an in-house test in Noida once again to clarify the matter, and are hopeful that the reports will be negative and they will be sent back by the end of the day.

Over the last one week, the district health department has been facing trouble due to delay in the sample reports of COVID-19 suspects. To avoid the delays, the district magistrate has allotted Rs 46.22 lakh to GIMS, Greater Noida and Rs 65 lakh to Super Speciality Children Hospital, Sector 39 to develop COVID-19 laboratories.

Earlier, most of the samples were going to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) or the Meerut laboratories, but they have now been overburdened with an increase in the number of samples in the state.

According to the officials, discharged patients are tested again to keep a check that the virus infection doesn’t reoccur.

Further, as a post-discharge suggestion, the patients are always asked to go under home quarantine for 14 days to ensure that nobody else gets infected in case the infection recurs.

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