NT NETWORK Panaji A patient suspected of fatal coronavirus has been kept in a quarantine ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, and his samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology. The patient and his wife had recently travelled to a place, which is 750 km from the …
A patient suspected of fatal coronavirus has been kept in
a quarantine ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, and his
samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.
The patient and his wife had recently travelled to a
place, which is 750 km from the Chinese city of Kunshan, which is suspected to
be the outbreak spot of the coronavirus-related epidemic.
Identified as a tourist, he had travelled from China to
Delhi a week ago, and subsequently arrived in Goa.
Secretary for health Sanjay Kumar, in the presence of the
GMC dean S M Bandekar and director of health services Jose D’Sa, told media
persons that the patient had developed influenza-like symptom, with sore
“We have set up a more
than 30-bedded quarantined ward at the hospital, with a two-bed intensive care
unit for very serious patients,” he added, pointing out that the people
arriving at the Dabolim airport and suspected of the contraction would be
initially quarantined at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim.
Earlier, a meeting of the state taskforce constituted by
the government to tackle novel Coronavirus (nCoV) was chaired by the health
It discussed prevention and control of Coronavirus in the
Maintaining that the situation in Goa is totally under
control and no panic needs to be created on this issue, the secretary for
health stated that the central government has provided thermal scanners to
tier-I airports, which receive direct flights from China, and tier-II airports,
which have connecting flights from that country.
“However, the Dabolim airport does not come under such
categories,” he observed, informing that however, the Union ministry of civil
aviation has been requested to provide a thermal scanner to the Dabolim airport
since Goa is a tourist destination.
Kumar said the government is all set to issue
advertisements related to the coronavirus for spreading awareness.
“We have also directed the hotels as well as casinos to
inform the directorate of health services, if they observe any visitor to them
with symptoms of the contraction,” he added.
The GMC dean said the persons contracting the particular
virus display symptoms similar to influenza, followed by breathlessness and
then speedily suffer from pneumonia.
“Subsequently their kidneys get affected, followed by
multi-organ failure,” he added, stating that since no treatment is available for
the coronavirus infection, the patients can be treated on symptomatic basis.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has tweeted, “We have come
across a suspected case of #coronavirus, who is a foreigner travelling from
China. The patient has been shifted to the isolation ward at the GMC.
The medical sample of the patient has been sent for
further investigation to Pune, confirmation reports are awaited.
I would like to assure our citizens that the taskforce is
reviewing the preparedness of the situation and are on vigil to tackle the
It was also informed that no paediatric cases of the
coronavirus infection have been found, while low immunity adults including
those having diabetes are found to be affected by the particular virus at a
The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes
illness ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes. The
coronavirus observed in China, however, is a novel strain, and not identified
before. It has claimed more than 100 lives so far.
The virus is said to be transmitted from animals to