Shillong Journalists get themselves tested for COVID-19 on Saturday Credit: Abdul Jyrwa

Shillong: With signs of community transmission in Shillong city and the journalists being at the forefront, East Khasi Hills District Medical and Health Officer, setup a COVID testing camp for journalists on Saturday.

A total of 17 journalists turned up for the testing setup at Lachumiere, Shillong and all of the 17 tested negative for COVID-19 through a Rapid Antigen Test.

While speaking to the media, senior reporter, Aafaque Hussain, who was tested negative for COVID-19 through RT-PCR test done on August 22, Hussain said that being a journalist he felt the need to test again.

“Being a journalist I go to different places everyday and it is my responsibility to ensure that I keep myself and others safe and hence I go for testing whenever I get an opportunity. We don’t only have to preach about being responsible but we have to practice the idea of being responsible,” expressed Hussain.

17 journalists test negative for COVID-19

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Another senior Journalist from ‘Peitngor’, Lambok Nongspung said, “It’s a great feeling to be tested negative again..I had done the test even last week. As journalists we are meeting so many people due to the nature of our work. We also visit places like hospitals so we are at risk of contracting the virus. Personally, I have to take precautions since I have got little children at home.”

Donbok Wanniang, a reporter, said that he was confident that his results would be negative.

“From the beginning I am confident with myself that I will be negative since I seriously adhere to the protocol prescribed by the health department. But, yes as a journalist I think I should get tested from time to time since we meet different people when we are on duty,” said Wanniang.

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When asked if he was satisfied only getting his test done through an Rapid Antigen Test, he said “As of today I am satisfied with the testing conducted through RAT, but personally I would prefer to get tested by both RAT and RT-PCR just to be on the safer side, in fact I would prefer to get tested by all means available since this is my first time to get tested for COVID-19.

The testing camp started at 11am and ended at 1:30 pm. Immediately results was declared , each of the reporters were given a report of the test carried out.



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