New Delhi: Three patients suspected to be infected with coronavirus have been admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital on Monday. All three returned from China.
An outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan and consequent 106-odd deaths set alarm bells ringing across the world. Infections have also been confirmed in several other countries.
Back home, the Union Health Ministry government has issued a travel advisory against China. A team of doctors has been deputed on airports to monitor passengers coming from abroad, especially China, for suspected cases of the epidemic. The three passengers were frisked from the airport by the team on suspicion of the virus.
After their admission, the patients were shifted to the intense care unit (ICU) of the hospital. Their blood samples, swab, body fluid have been sent to Pune for the test. They have not been tested positive for the dreaded virus as yet.
Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Dr Minaskshi Bhardwaj said, “We have shifted the patients in the ICU, a team of NIV (National Institute of Virology ) inspected the hospital. Samples have been taken to Pune Laboratory. The patients are kept in the isolation ward for further treatment.”
Earlier on Monday, Union cabinet secretary called a review meeting for preparation in the wake of Noval coronavirus outbreak with the Ministries of External affair, Civil Aviation, Labour, Defense, I & B, secretary, National Disaster Management Authority and DG, Armed Forces.
It was informed that a total of 29,707 passengers on board 137 flights coming from china were screened and samples of 12 passengers have been sent to NIV Pune for investigation.