01 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: Samples drawn from a total of five persons in Odisha have been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune to test for coronavirus, informed an official here today.
"Till now we have collected samples from four persons in Odisha, since the WHO guidelines say that tests need to be conducted on those who had visited Hubei province of China in the last 14 days or they would be having some symptoms. So we have sent samples of four persons for test, those who have reported such history,” said Dr CBK Mohanty, Director of Medical Education & Training (DMET) here today.
“Another boy from Phulbani has been admitted to SCB Medical College at 3 AM today. We have also made arrangements for sending his sample. SCB authorities have been directed for the same. By this time his sample would have been despatched to ICMR," he added.
The DMET said this while briefing reporters after a meeting Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) called by the Chief Secretary for sensitization on coronavirus.
Dr Mohanty said that four out of the five persons whose samples have been sent for the test have been kept in home isolation and the other has been kept in SCB Medical College & Hospital in isolation.
"The youth from Phulbani who has been admitted to SCB had left China on January 11. He had not developed any symptoms within 14 days. He has a history of asthma. Since he has cough and cold, as an extra precaution we have kept him in isolation. He has developed symptoms after 18 days so it is unlikely to be a case of novel coronavirus infection. So let us wait for the result," Dr Mohanty clarified.
Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare department Nikunja Bihari Dhal has also clarified that as of now no one in Odisha has been identified with coronavirus.
"Presently, there are no coronavirus patients in Odisha. No coronavirus patient has been identified in Odisha," said Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare department speaking to reporters after the meeting.
He too reiterated that in total five samples from the State have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for test.