COVID-19: Patient from Nagaland tests positive again



Fourth test due on April 26. (Representative Image: Reuters File)


Morung Express News 
Kohima | April 23


The COVID-19  patient from Nagaland, currently undergoing treatment at Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GCMH) tested positive again in his third test, state health officials said today.


The department, it was informed received a report from the GCMH Superintendent that while patient initially tested positive for COVID- 19, the subsequent second test was negative. However, the third test on April 18 returned positive.


During a press briefing late this evening at its Directorate,  Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Kesonyü Yhome informed that the department has been in touch with the GMCH officials to enquire about his health status. 


Regarding the GMCH’s claim that the Nagaland Government had not officially liaised with its counterpart earlier, Yhome admitted that the government did not realise that an official intimation letter has to be sent, though constant telephonic conversation has been going on. 


It may be noted that that the Nagaland H&FW Department wrote officially to the GMCH only on April 19 evening, nearly a week after the initial test.


Presently, the patient is said to be stable and has been shifted from the ICU to the isolation ward for further observation.


A fourth test is due on April 26. On the status of his immediate family members, it was informed that they all tested negative.

Officially, however, Nagaland has zero COVID-19 case as the sampling of the patient was done in Guwahati and he tested positive while undergoing treatment at GMCH.