Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 7
Ludhiana’s first Covid-19 patient, a woman from Gurdev Nagar here, has been cured and she will be discharged tomorrow. After completing 14 days in isolation ward, her sample was sent to the lab yesterday. Today, her report came out “negative”.
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajesh Bagga, said the test of the patient was done and the report had come out negative. “One patient has been cured and will be discharged tomorrow,” said Dr Bagga.
The woman tested positive on March 24.
Meanwhile, no new Covid-19 case was reported in Ludhiana district today. Of 55 samples sent yesterday, 52 have tested negative and three rejected. As many as 26 samples were collected today and their reports are pending.
No threat of contracting virus at cremation
Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said there was no threat of contracting disease while performing the last rites of a Covid patient. All necessary safeguards are adopted during cremation by the Health Department.
The Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana, Dr Rajesh Bagga, said no infection was caused to those performing the last rites at the cremation ground. The family and relatives of deceased patients can also collect the ashes of the deceased to perform the last rites. All necessary safeguards such as personal protection equipment are given to those performing the last rites.
“People should not gather around in large numbers during cremation and one should wash hands after attending cremation,” said Dr Bagga.
MRP of surgical mask too high: Council
Dr GS Grewal and Dr Arun Mitra, former president and former chairman of Ethical Committee of Punjab Medical Council, have said the MRP of a surgical mask, fixed at Rs 16 as per the government’s circular, is quite high. Before the Covid-19, it was being sold at less than Rs 5. As it is much more in demand now, its price should have been reduced to facilitate the people to use it as per the need in present crisis situation.
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