21-YEAR-OLD KID­NEY PA­TIENT DIES OF COVID-19 IN SHIMLA

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SHIMLA/:DHARAMSHAL­A: A 21-yearold youth from Sark­aghat sub­di­vi­sion of Mandi district died of Covid-19 at Indira Gandhi Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege (IGMC) in Shimla on Tues­day.

He had re­turned from Delhi on April 29 af­ter un­der­go­ing treat­ment for a kid­ney ail­ment.

He was shifted to Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri med­i­cal col­lege in Mandi’s Ner­chowk on Mon­day evening, from where he was brought to Shimla on Tues­day, di­rec­tor of national health mis­sion, Hi­machal Pradesh, Dr Nipun Jin­dal said.

His sam­ples were tested for Covid-19 at Ner­chowk med­i­cal col­lege, which came out pos­i­tive, he added.

The doc­tors and paramed­i­cal staff, who came in his direct con­tact at IGMC, have been quar­an­tined.

The man­age­ment of Ner­chowk hos­pi­tal has been told to quar­an­tine the staff who at­tended to the pa­tient.

“Au­thor­i­ties have also started his con­tact map­ping and all of his direct con­tacts will be tested for Covid-19,” said Dr Jin­dal.

This is the sec­ond covid-re­lated death in Hi­machal Pradesh that has so far reg­is­tered 42 cases, two of which are ac­tive.

BIG­GER THREAT LOOMS

Hi­machal Pradesh is now star­ing at a big­ger threat as thou­sands of peo­ple have en­tered the state in re­cent days with­out be­ing prop­erly scanned.

The state gov­ern­ment had opened its bor­ders on April 26 to fa­cil­i­tate re­turn of peo­ple stuck in the oth­ers states.

Thou­sands of them had thronged the state bor­ders to re­turn home, re­sult­ing in huge gath­er­ings at in­ter­state bar­ri­ers.As per the gov­ern­ment record, more than 95,000 peo­ple have re­turned to the state within a week, which prompted the gov­ern­ment to close its bor­ders again.

Those who had al­ready en­tered were sim­ply re­quested to ob­serve home quar­an­tine. No con­crete steps were taken to screen for them for the con­ta­gion.

HAD RE­TURNED FROM DELHI ON APRIL 29 AF­TER UN­DER­GO­ING TREAT­MENT FOR A KID­NEY AIL­MENT

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