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Doctor tests negative of Covid-19, declares Bethany Hospital

Shillong, Aug 1: A doctor of Bethany Hospital, who had tested positive for Covid-19, came out negative after a re-test the next day, hospital authorities said on Saturday.
Bethany Hospital Nodal officer and Spokesperson, Dr. Kyntiewlang Sanmiet said that there was no reason for the public to panic in this regard.
“The doctor has been on leave for more than a week till today. As per hospital protocol, any doctor or staff has to be tested for Covid-19 before resuming his/her duties for the safety of all patients and staff,” he said.
Dr Sanmiet said that the doctor’s swab was taken on July 29, his report came out to be positive and he was immediately taken from his residence to a Corona Care Centre for quarantine. As instructed by the Government, retesting was done on July 30, and he tested negative on the second test.
“As Covid-19 is a new virus and not much is known about it, there is a possibility that a person can be tested negative one day after being tested positive. That is why we appeal the public not to panic as recovery can happen after a day. The said doctor is doing well and asymptomatic,” he said.
Seeking to clarify that the hospital was not shut down, he said the OPD and all services are open.
“We have gone over and above the necessary steps to ensure utmost patient safety and quality of care. COVID-19 prevention standards, like screening of all patients and visitors, physical distancing, issuing of masks and other protective equipment to all staff every day, daily disinfection and spraying of the hospital and all infection control measures are strictly enforced inside the hospital premises,” Dr. Sanmiet underscored.
“Our staffs were regularly tested to ensure no one is a COVID-19 carrier and so far all were negative. As we move towards the new normal, be assured that we do our best continuously to deliver quality patient care. Your patience and support are much appreciated especially during these trying times,” he appealed to the people.