May 19, A PCR test conducted at the Bhairahawa-based state public health laboratory found that the COVID-19 patient was a permanent resident of Madane village municipality-6 of Gulmi.
The young man, who was undergoing treatment at the Crimson Hospital in Rupandehi, was brought to a laboratory in Bhairahawa on May 22 for PCR test. Acting Chief of the laboratory Rajendra Giri said that the collected swabs tested positive.
According to family sources, the young man, who is a teacher by profession, has been suffering from jaundice for some time. He had come to Crimson Hospital in Manigram, Rupandehi on May 22 for treatment of jaundice.
He was taking jaundice medicine and was shown to a local medical center after he suddenly developed respiratory problems. From there, he was taken to Sandhikharka on a motorcycle for treatment. A general check-up was also carried out at the shadow polyclinic in Sandhikharka. But when the situation became more complicated, an ambulance was called and brought directly to the Crimson Hospital in Rupandehi.
He was brought to Crimson Hospital on May 22 and was immediately admitted to the ICU for treatment. Manmohan Bhattarai, the hospital’s chief of administration, said that patient was initially admitted to the hospital without any suspicion as her relatives said she had jaundice and no fever. Doctors diagnosed him with acute encephalitis syndrome and pneumonia and treated him in the ICU for two days.
After he did not recover even after being treated in the ICU, he was placed on a ventilator on May 15 and a swab was collected on suspicion of corona. Though the confirmed youth was told to be taken to Bhim Hospital in Bhairahawa, he was not taken till late at night. The condition of the youth is critical, the hospital said. The Crimson Hospital had put up a banner saying that fever patients would not be seen in the hospital since it was shut down. The banner was later removed. “The patient has been admitted to the hospital due to jaundice symptoms,” said Bhattarai.
Crimson Hospital has been sealed since Monday evening after a corona infection was found in a young man being treated at the hospital. After the hospital was sealed, no one was allowed to enter the hospital. There are health workers, patients and their relatives inside the hospital. The municipality in Tilotta of Rupandehi has said that the scope of testing should be increased now. Mayor Basudev Ghimire said that the lockdown would be tightened and the scope of testing would be widened.
Chief District Officer of Rupandehi, Mahadev Pantha, said that about a dozen people were found in contact with the infected youth and that they would be tested immediately and the health workers and patients in the hospital would also be tested. “People who have been in contact with the young man have been identified. Now they will be immediately tested,” he said.