Senapati: Following the reports of a medical officer at Senapati district hospital in Manipur testing positive on Friday, deputy commissioner Lalithambigai K issued an order for the immediate closure of the hospital over its normal functioning until further notice.
The physician identified as Dr Mustaque working at the district hospital had tested for COVID-19 positive through Rapid Antigen Testing kit.
The source of infection of the doctor is suspected to have contracted from his home at Lilong in Thoubal district.
According to epidemiologist Dr Indira Thingbaijam, the medical officer had visited his home in Thoubal on July 18 and returned to Senapati on the following day. While he was at home, the doctor consulted a patient with suspected coronavirus symptoms, with the patient later getting diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dr Mustaque had also attended patients at OPD and had hospital duty on July 20 and 21, said reports.
Meanwhile, to prevent further escalation, chief medical officer (CMO) and director Dr Pfokreho Pfoze issued a public notice requesting all primary contacts, both the hospital staff and patients, who had attended medicine OPD between July 20 and 21 to immediately report to the district health surveillance office for testing.
The official also stated that any persons who had come in direct contact with the physician in the last two weeks from July 10 till date and who have developed COVID-19 related symptoms are directed to inform the district health department for sample collection and testing.
As a precautionary measure, contact tracing of both primary and secondary contacts are actively being taken up by the Rapid Response Team, Senapati, said Dr Pfoze.
At least 132 persons, including 37 medical staff at the hospital, had undergone COVID-19 testing as primary contacts on Saturday, of which 13 samples tested negative. The remaining 95 samples have been sent to JNIMS for RT-PCR test and the result is likely to be received on Sunday, said Dr Thingbaijam.
The present situation in Senapati district is considered very sensitive and is likely to cause danger to human lives, health and public safety if left unchecked, therefore market in the district headquarters will be closed for five days or until further notice starting Friday evening, reports said.