Nim Dorji | Trongsa

Trongsa hospital is monitoring a 23-year-old man placed under quarantine after his return from the Middle East recently.

His samples were sent to the Royal Centre for Disease Control after he visited the hospital with cough and mild fever on March 7. He was admitted to the hospital and kept under observation. His blood samples tested negative for COVID-19.

He was discharged the next day, but with strict instructions to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days and to report any further symptoms.

It was learnt that both his parents who were directly in touch with him are also being monitored.

Trongsa general duty medical officer Dr Yeshi Jamtsho said that the hospital is monitoring the status of the patient every day.

“Every day we call him and keep the record by filling up a form.”

They are asked about having any symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath which should be reflected in the form.

The hospital will continue recording his details and status for another three days until March 19 when he completes his quarantine period.

It was also learnt that since he did not have any direct contact with the positive case, he need not undergo another round of blood test if he does not develop any symptoms.

“We will send his sample only if he shows symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath or any GIT symptoms in 14 days,” Dr Yeshi Jamtsho said.

As of yesterday, Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said that the country does not have any positive case of COVID-19 except for the American tourist who was evacuated to the USA.