Health Dept asks hospitals to appoint officer in-charge in quarantine centres for health workers

Shillong, Aug 08: The State health department has directed all hospitals to have an officer in-charge in all quarantine centres arranged for health workers to ensure no violation of quarantine protocols.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War informed on Saturday that the department has received reports about some health workers who violate the quarantine rules.

“In view of this, we have asked all hospitals to put one doctor to be an officer in-charge at their respective quarantine centre so that they follow strict protocols and not to mix around with anybody,” the DHS said.

The instructions also came after a pharmacist of the Shillong Civil Hospital was recently found breaking the quarantine protocol by dropping his wife to Rangthong village in South West Khasi Hills district, and also moved around in Shillong while waiting for test result.

The pharmacist had tested positive for COVID-19 after he visited Rangthong, Mawkyrwat and other places.

The DHS said that action would be taken against the pharmacist after he recovered from the infection. “Such acts were uncalled for and action against him would be taken,” he said.

The Director said that over 100 contacts of the pharmacist have been traced, and most of them have been tested negative so far.

The DHS further urged all the people not to take this disease lightly as it may affect other people who are vulnerable.

The DHS also slammed those who staged a protest against promulgation of containment order in some areas.

“It is not them who should decide but it is for the authority to decide whether to lift the containment order. The decision to lift the containment order will be taken only after all persons have tested negative,”