COVID-19 | Add. DC confirms Dakshina Kannada’s first positive case2 min read
MANGALURU: A 22-year-old man returning from Dubai to Mangaluru tested positive for COVID-19 after showing symptoms at the surveillance point in Mangalore International Airport. The patient is a native of Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district. His swab samples were sent for coronavirus testing on March 20 and came back positive on March 22. He is currently being kept in isolation at Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore.
The patient reportedly arrived at the airport via a Spicejet flight SG 60 that was carrying 164 other passengers, on March 19. He was not allowed to move freely and was immediately shifted to the hospital from the screening point in an ambulance.
Speaking to The Manipal Journal in a telephonic conversation, MJ Roopa, Additional District Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada district, said that the patient’s condition is stable as of now and the officials are hopeful that his recovery will prove to be the first successful case in the district. She also explained that all the other passengers who travelled with him were traced and contacted by the health department and the district administration after the confirmation of his infection. The cases which come under the jurisdiction of Dakshina Kannada will be handed over to their respective taluk health teams. They will then proceed to test and categorise them along the three-division ‘ABC’ system. Under this, the ‘C’ category cases will be monitored and advised for quarantine, ‘B’ category cases will be quarantined at the ESI Hospital, while ‘A’ category cases will be isolated and monitored by government hospitals like Wenlock.
Commenting on DK’s preparedness for a possible outbreak, she said, “We have planned for a complete COVID-19 (quarantine) building, a hospital and a case center. We have identified several buildings- for example, for an outbreak of around 500 people, we’re ready with a new hospital building which has not been inaugurated yet. It can accommodate 200 people. We have the AYUSH building, where we can accommodate 20 patients immediately. We have the ESI Hospital where we have accommodation for 100 people. Likewise, we have identified several buildings and managed an HR plan for them. As such, we’re ready.”
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Edited by: Mridula Kumar