Mrunal Manmay Dash

Phulbani: The medical student from Kandhamal district suspected to have contracted the deadly Coronavirus has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for further diagnosis and treatment, informed the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Kandhamal.

As per the reports, the medical student himself called upon the authorities at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Phulbani on Friday to report his apprehension about chances of contracting Coronavirus after his common cold and cough didn't subside even after 10 days of treatment following his arrival from China.

The student said, "Though the reported outbreak of the virus was only after my departure from China on 11th January, the persisting symptoms of the Coronavirus infection led me to the hospital today"

Although his symptoms have an affinity with Corona infected person, the doctors at the DHH said that they can confirm only after getting a detailed report from SCBMCH.

The CDMO of Kandhamal, Rajyashree Patnaik said, "We don't have the facility to collect samples here in the DHH, so we have to sent him to SCBMCH today in a 108 ambulance with his father and medical attendants."

"All the attendants and staff of the 108 ambulance accompanying him have been provided with bio- hazard suits as per the standard operating procedure," added Rajyashree.

Meanwhile, both the Center and Odisha government seemed to have gone into an overdrive with the suspected case of infection and with the increasing number of infected persons reported throughout the globe every passing day.

Union Health Ministry has put a close watch on all the airports including the BPIA in Bhubaneswar. All the screening measures are reportedly being taken in the airport to prevent any infected person from entering the state.

S.Kar, the Regional Director of Union Health Ministry said, "We have provided all the equipments and trained personnel here in Bhubaneswar airport including Thermo Scanners. The blood samples are also being collected from the passengers as per the guidelines."

Not only in airports, the sea ports have also been put under high alert. In Paradip, the port authorities have reportedly prohibited the crew members of seven cargo ships came in from Hong Kong and China to disembark from their ships. Only the shipment will be unloaded and the crews will remain in the ship.

Notably, the death toll in China due to Corona virus has risen to over 200, with more than 10,000 cases confirmed in almost 20 countries following which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak as a global health emergency.