As health officials have expanded the screening of the Coronavirus, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Pijush Hazarika has informed that a medical team has been deployed at the busy Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in the outskirts of Guwahati to keep a tab on the inbound and outbound passengers.
An important meeting was conducted at the Airport Director’s office, for preparedness of the deadly Coronavirus. The team discussed the Standard operating procedure as well as modus operandi in the closed-door meeting chaired by Commissioner Secretary Health and Joint Director of health.
According to reports, two ambulances will stand outside the LGBI airport for emergency and an isolated ward is kept ready at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
It may be mentioned that an Air India B747 aircraft is all set to depart from Delhi airport to evacuate stranded Indian nationals from China.
The aircraft will reportedly be loaded with special medical kits including food packets and water. The crew includes at least two doctors and only non-infected people will be allowed into the aircraft.
This comes after the World Health Organization(WHO) declared the coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO added that there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries, but no deaths.
At least 213 people have died in China with 10,000 recorded cases of the virus as of January 31st, 2020. Most countries have announced plans to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese centre which is believed to be the outbreak of the deadly virus.
On January 30th, 2020, India reported its first positive case of novel coronavirus infection from Kerala. The patient was studying at Wuhan University in China and has been kept in isolation in a hospital in the state.
The government sources informed that the patient is in a stable condition and is being closely monitored. Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has called for a meeting with health secretary and other top officials from the Directorate of Health Services to take stock of the situation.
What is Novel Coronavirus?
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is named novel as it has not been previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Initially, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to large seafood and animal market, suggesting the virus likely emerged from an animal source.
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