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Rangthong PHC reopens

Mawkyrwat, Aug 11: Rangthong PHC, which was closed after a Covid-19 patient breached quarantine protocols visited the centre on August 4, resumed service today after thorough cleaning and sanitization of the premises.
South West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo said that the PHC has opened only after sanitization and contact tracing were completed.
The centre caters to around 9,200 people (comprising 1,705 households, spread across 17 villages. If shut down for an extended period of time, villagers would have faced great difficulties, Laloo added.
She expressed hope that the public would come forward without fear or hesitation so that no person requiring medical treatment goes without and reassured the populace that the fully-trained staff and personnel serving in hospitals and healthcare centres follow strict protocols.
Dr Patmos Warjri, who has been deputed from Ranikor CHC, will take charge of the PHC, whose other staff comprise one staff nurse, one pharmacist, one multipurpose health worker and one Grade IV staff.
District Surveillance Officer Dr W Narry informed that all staff who were primary contacts of the positive case have been tested using the antigen test and were all declared negative for Covid-19.
The samples of 32 high risk and primary contacts were then taken – 10 of which using the more reliable RT-PCR test and 22 using the Truenat test – and their results will come out shortly.
“If the report comes out negative, a decision will have to be taken on whether the PHC staff will resume their work or will have to continue in quarantine as, in accordance with health protocols, health personnel are to undergo quarantine for seven days only,” Narry said.
Dr Warjri urged the public not to live in fear but to be mindful of precautionary measures and cooperate with the authorities to keep the PHC open and functioning smoothly.
The Rangthong Community Covid-19 Management Committee was also supportive of reopening the PHC, Rangthong headman P Nadon said, in order to cater to the needs of the people who would otherwise have to travel to Mawkyrwat to avail medical services.
Meanwhile, Laloo admitted that a returnee from Gujarat who tested positive for coronavirus yesterday had not breached protocols on his return to the district. The patient is under close observation, the DC added.