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China-returned people in Rajasthan to be screened for 28 days

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (medical and health) Rohit Kumar Singh on Tuesday convened a meeting here to review the arrangements made for prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment related to the deadly coronavirus and issued necessary guidelines.

According to an official, at the meeting Singh clarified 18 persons from Rajasthan, who have recently returned from China, would be screened continuously for 28 days

He also sought information on a particular patient who has been quarantined in the SMS Hospital after being suspected of having caught the coronavirus patient.

Singh directed the Rural Health Additional Director Ravi Prakash Sharma and the IDSP state Nodal Officer Praveen Aswal to visit the airport regularly and inspect the screening of passengers and the arrangements made for public awareness in the matter.

It was that the condition of both the patient admitted to SMS Hospital, as well as of the other 18 passengers living in their homes, are being closely monitored and all are presently healthy.

A sample of the patient admitted in the SMS Hospital has been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for examination.

Singh also advised that all passengers returning from China and their family members undergo continuous screening for 28 days and conduct tests. He instructed the concerned officials to submit the progress report on the matter daily at 10.30 a.m.

The Additional Chief Secretary directed that thermal scanners be used at the airport in screening for coronavirus among passengers of international flights.

Publicity material has been displayed at the airport to give necessary information related to the coronavirus.

The meeting was attended by, besides the Additional Director Rural Health and the State Nodal Officer IDSP, medical doctors Rambabu Sharma, Ajit Singh and Bharti Malhotra from the Department of Microbiology.



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