No infection detected: China returned scholar quarantined at SKIMS
Srinagar: A research scholar, who returned from
Coronavirus-affected China, was on Thursday quarantined at the Sher-e-Kashmir
Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) as a precautionary measure.
on him said the patient, who has been pursuing PhD in China, returned from the
neighboring country recently.
Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan told The Kashmir Monitor that the youth has
been “immediately” quarantined as a precautionary measure.
“He has not been
detected with any virus. Investigations are still on. There is nothing to worry about. He is
stable,” he said.
Dr Jan said the
south Kashmir boy, who is in his late twenties, will be discharged once
investigations are over. “We are examining him. He will be discharged in two to
three days,” he said.
Sources said a
girl who was pursuing engineering in China was also taken to SKIMS for tests.
“She was brought here in an ambulance. The girl’s tests were negative and she
was discharged later,” they said.
SKIMS when the news regarding quarantining of China-returned south Kashmir
youth spread. Sources said the youth also tried to escape.
Director Health Services also arrived at SKIMS with a team of officials to look
into the matter.
“The ambulance in
which the patient was brought to the hospital has been seized by the hospital
authorities as a precautionary measure,” they said.
Sources said that
the south Kashmir youth had arrived at Kolkata airport where he was also
investigated and declared as “not infected”.
Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Sameer
Matoo said they have sent the samples of the youth to All India Institute of
Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
“He is stable. We
are sure that he is safe. As a
precautionary measure we collected his samples and sent those to AIIMS New
Delhi since we don’t have such facilities here,” he said.
created a medical emergency across the world and so far 1300 deaths have been
reported in China so far.
Centre has issued
an advisory to test people returning from China at all airports of the country.