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Four Goans under watch over nCoV



Four Goans, who recently returned from China, have been put under watch by the directorate of health services, where their health condition is being constantly monitored to check if they have developed any symptoms of novel coronavirus (nCoV). 

Health officers at the DHS are tracking the returnees on a daily basis to see if they are experiencing any symptoms of the deadly virus, such as fever, cough and respiratory distress.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, state epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said, “The daily checkup of the four locals under observation will go on for 28 days, starting from the date of their arrival in India. Thankfully they all are doing fine, and there is nothing to worry.” 

He further said a status report on the middle-aged patient, who is suspected to be afflicted with coronavirus, is expected from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology by Thursday afternoon.

“The health condition of the patient is absolutely fine. Apart from sore throat, he has no other health issue. In fact, it is unwise to call him a patient as he does not have a major illness. He has been isolated as he has had a travel history to China and has shown one of the symptoms of the virus,” Dr Betodkar explained.

The patient and his wife had recently travelled to Kunshan, a place which is 750 km away from

China’s Wuhan city which is the outbreak spot of the coronavirus.

Identified as a tourist, he had travelled from China to Delhi a week ago, and subsequently arrived in Goa.

A top officer from the Union ministry of health and family welfare had a meeting with officials of the health departments of all the states on Wednesday through video-conferencing, where the central official reviewed the measures being taken up to prevent coronavirus by the states including Goa.

At the meeting, it was informed that that passenger screening facilities on nCoV will be jointly set up by the Airport Authority of India and civil aviation ministry at the Dabolim airport.

“The DHS will provide the required manpower to set up a helpdesk. We are going to designate our health officers who will be at the airport round the clock,” Betodkar said.

Meanwhile, tourism director Menino D’Souza said the tourism department will issue a communiqué to all the hotels through the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, asking hoteliers to report details of the visitors from China to the DHS for effective monitoring of their health conditions.

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