… another completes quarantine

Tshering Namgyal  | Mongar

A  37-year old man from Chali who was returning from India has been quarantined since March 21 at Chali gewog administration centre.

The truck driver travelled to Rangya, India was quarantined following the information from the police on the screening he underwent at the Nganglam border gate that day.

The quarantine team leader, Pema Choden, of the Mongar regional referral hospital, said the man was traced out through information from police to the health assistant of Chali BHU. He was immediately moved to the facility before he mixed up with his family members.

He is the second person to be quarantined in Mongar. Earlier this month, a 25-year old woman who returned from Dubai was home quarantined and relieved yesterday upon completion of a 14-day period.

Meanwhile, a 29-bedded isolation room initially set up inside the hospital building was shifted to Royal guest house following the command of His Majesty The King during the recent visit.

A seven-bedded intensive care unit, which is expandable up to 11 patients is also set up at the Royal guest house.

The Medical Superintendent (MS) of Mongar eastern regional referral hospital, Dr Pelden Wangchuk, said of the seven, five are for adults, and two for children. Of that, he said three are fully functional with ventilation equipment, while requisition for five additional ventilators was submitted to the health ministry.

On His Majesty’s command, a testing facility was also installed in the hospital on March 19. Before that only one sample was sent to Thimphu and tested negative.

Although the screening began from February 9, recording started with the establishment of a flu clinic on March 11, and 2,600 were screened in 13 days since then.

Other precautionary measures include strict implementation of one patient-one attendant rule with consideration for genuine cases like the emergency ward, which need more than one attendants and restricting entry for children below the age of 12.