Tsewang Rigzin
LEH: Mohd Ali 76, who died at SNM Leh hospital on 7th March, was tested COVID-19 negative. The report of the sample of deceased, sent to Delhi for testing, was received by the Administration of UT of Ladakh on Monday evening. The patient’s death was caused due to prostrate complications. It was stated by Commissioner Secretary, Health & Medical Education, UT of Ladakh, Rigzin Sampheal.
Briefing media persons, Rigzin Sampheal said two other patients, who last week were tested coronavirus positive, are healthy and would be relieved only after two samples of each testing negative. The deceased, who tested negative and two tested positive, are all pilgrims who recently returned from Iran. He disclosed that so far 27 samples have been sent for testing and out of which reports of 11 cases have been received, which include the two who tested COVID-19 positive. Chushot Gongma area has been cordoned-off following containment policy and administration is providing all essential requirements to the residents, he added. Director Health, Ladakh, Dr P Angchuk and Chief Medical Officer Leh, Dr Motup Dorje were also present on the occasion.
As a precautionary measure for containment of COVID-19, UT of Ladakh administration has ordered closing down of all government and private schools, colleges across Ladakh and University of Ladakh till 31st March. People are being advised to avoid mass public gatherings. Passengers on Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport Leh are being screened strictly and so far as many as 18,000 people have been screened.
According to UT Administration, over 130 Ladakhi pilgrims have returned from Iran and all of them are being kept under surveillance. 110 beds have been kept ready, if required, for quarantine and symptomatic isolation ward is also ready as precautionary measures.