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Four more samples test negative

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 14:00 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 08:28 [IST]

Four more samples test negative

Don’t stigmatize those in quarantine: Health DG appeals society

Staff Reporter
GANGTOK: Four samples from Sikkim were sent for COVID-19 testing on Sunday and results have come as negative, shared Health director general Dr.Pempa T Bhutia on Monday late evening.
The samples were from the four suspected patients including a teen who had returned to Gangtok from Mumbai allegedly during the lockdown period. Three were patients who had come to the flu clinic at new STNM hospital.
Results came late Monday evening and the test report is negative, said Dr. Bhutia
He informed that the previous 39 samples from Sikkim have also tested negative for coronavirus.
Dr. Bhutia, in his health bulletin, appealed the people here not to stigmatize persons undergoing quarantine at homes or the government centres.
There are presently 2,162 persons at home quarantine while 107 persons are at the government quarantine centres.
Dr. Bhutia stressed that these quarantined persons are not sick persons or COVID-19 patients, as feared and speculated by the people. I want to inform to the people that we place normal persons in quarantine centres just as a precautionary measure, he said.
The aim is to prevent the person from mixing in the society, a great risk of infecting others if the person is tested to be a COVID-19 positive person.
“The quarantined persons are doing a great service to the society by staying in quarantine at their homes or government centres. It is not justified to have some social stigma or discrimination against them. We must encourage and support those in quarantine. They are just under observation and are not sick persons,” said the Health director general.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi