Shillong: With COVID-19 cases rising in Meghalaya, the Director of Health Services, Dr Aman Warr has urged the citizens to strictly follow SMS – Social distancing, Masks on and Sanitising.
Dr Warr said that the spread of COVID is up to an individual how discipline they are. “If we don’t follow the 3 SMS then we have to be ready for the peak of the virus as now it is ascending,” said Dr Warr.
He added, “If you follow the protocol then you’re helping the health workers, the tribal heads, the people at the frontline, you’re helping to slow the curve down of the wave of this virus.”
Dr Warr reiterated that it will be very hurtful and cause pain when someone in the family tests positive; when it comes to your household, it will cause a lot of pain. “Hence we request all citizens that it’s time to understand that there is a war against the unseen and to win against this war is to the kill virus in our minds and to do this is to follow the protocols,” said Dr Warr.
Meanwhile Dr Warr informed that after the chief minister’s private driver tested positive for COVID-19, a random test was done at CM’S bungalow.
Dr Warr said the results of the samples are awaited and is likely to be out by Tuesday.
He also informed that the RT-PCR result of Minister of Power James Sangma has returned positive. Sangma tested positive through a Rapid Antigen Test carried out at Imphal Airport.
Chief minister Conrad Sangma who travelled with his brother James to Imphal however negative.
The COVID-19 test reports of the deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong which was done both by RT-PCR and CBNAAT have come out Negative.
The ministers were in Delhi for political engagements and have recently returned to the state.
Meghalaya on Monday recorded two new deaths taking the total deaths in the state to 28. According the Dr Warr, one was a 46-year-old patient and a resident of 7 Mile Upper Shillong while the other was a 66-year-old male patient and a resident of Paltan Bazar.
The patient from 7 Mile Upper Shillong was brought to Bethany Hospital at 7:20 am and was unwell for a week.
“It was due to the severeness of his illness that he was brought to the hospital, but since the isolation beds were full at Bethany hospital he was referred to NEIGRIHMS,” said Dr Warr.
However, the patient passed away in the ambulance. NEIGRIHMS hospital sent back the ambulance to Bethany for completing the death formalities and to carry out the sanitisation.
While the 66 yo patient had comorbidities, he was earlier admitted at Supercare Hospital and was transferred to NEIGRIHMS on August 25.
“Upon arrival at NEIGRIHMS he tested positive he was taken care, he also had diabetes and hypertension because of his illness he passed away today at 12:40 pm,” said Dr Warr.
Dr Warr informed that the cause of death of both these patients was Type 1 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and COVID pneumonia.
The state on Monday recorded 139 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the total active cases to 1,686.
The new cases were detected from the following districts:
East Khasi Hills -124 (Armed Forces/ Para Military Forces 39, Others 85)
East Jaintia Hills – 2
West Garo Hills – 1
The total active tally now stands at 1,686 out of which East Khasi Hills District continues to have the highest number of positive cases at 1124. West Garo Hills has 198, East Jaintia Hills 145, Ri-Bhoi 130, South Garo Hills 20, East Garo Hills 17, West Khasi Hills 14, West Jaintia Hills 13, North Garo Hills 12, South West Garo Hills 8 and South West Khasi Hills 5
A total of 76 patients recovered on Monday taking the total recovered cases to 2,151
The total number of samples sent for testing till date is 1,15,901 out of which 11173 have tested negative for COVID-19 and samples of 964 is awaited. A total of 36,202 have returned to the state.
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