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Covid positive pharmacist sends SWKH into tizzy

Govt to take action for breaking quarantine norms
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Aug 6: South West Khasi Hills has been the only district in the State that has zero cases of Covid-19. However, a protocol breach by a pharmacist who tested positive of the virus has sent the district in a tizzy.
The pharmacist of Shillong Civil Hospital was under quarantine after he was identified as a high risk contact of a positive case in the hospital.
However, on August 4 he dropped his wife who is a staff at the Public Health Centre (PHC) at Rangthong village in South West Khasi Hills district without the knowledge of the authorities concerned.
Besides visiting the PHC, the pharmacist also visited two shops at Mawkyrwat market and the State Bank of India ATM.
Acting swift on the matter, the South West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner has ordered shut down of the PHC for two days and all the staff of the health centre were put under quarantine. Similarly, the DC has also asked people who visited the shops and the ATM to undergo home quarantine.
Meanwhile, after contact tracing 20 primary contacts and four high risk contacts were registered to be tested on Friday.
Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said the pharmacist was immediately taken to a corona care centre.
“After his quarantine period ends action will be taken against him. He is well aware that it is not right to break quarantine rules” Dr. War said.