3 Covid-19 patients mistakenly sent home, brought back to isolation

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/24/2020 12:07:00 AM

SRINAGAR, May 23: The medical authorities in Baramulla district mistakenly discharged at least three Covid-19 patients to home and hours after their stay were called back after declaring them positive. This all has happened in the past four days.
Reports said two patients earlier provided negative Covid-19 certificate one among them who spent a whole night with family members in Baramulla and the other was called back after seven hours of home stay from Langate.
“In a fresh incident a man who was in isolation hospital at Sopore was declared positive a night after he was dropped home by the authorities after giving him negative discharge certificate.”
The officials said in Baramulla alone three Covid-19 patients were mistakenly sent home and after spending time with family members were called back as they were found to be positive.
In a fresh case that surfaced from Sopore on Saturday a patient who appeared in a video claimed to have tested positive for Covid-19 on May 4 since then underwent mandatory isolation period during which a test was conducted which proved negative on May 18.
“The next afternoon he was discharged in presence of officials from district administration and health officials along with the negative discharge certificate.”
He claimed he was dropped home but the next morning he was informed that he is still positive and you will have to undergo isolation again. “This is sheer negligence on part of the medical authorities. How can they allow this to happen?”
When contacted, Dr. Rudhiana Maqbool, who is Covid -19 in charge in Sopore told media that she has no information about it and has learnt the same from some other source.
Earlier two persons who were under administrative quarantine at Saint Joseph school Baramulla were allowed to go home on May 19 who after spending time with family members, relatives and neighbours were called back for isolation after they were found to be positive.
Chief medical officer, Baramulla, Dr. Deeba Qazi, said an advisory issued recently says that patient should be allowed to go for home quarantine after completion of 14 days at administrative isolation but tests are not supposed to be conducted.
“The tests should not have been conducted, now that our team has done it they have been found positive again. Still I will look into the matter,” she said.
Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Dr GN Itoo was unavailable for his comments on the issue.



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