Six test positive after discharged from quarantine center in Pulwama, probe ordered

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Srinagar: District authorities here on Thursday ordered a time-bound inquiry regarding discharging six persons from a quarantine center in Tral without waiting for their test report which came out to be positive later.

In this regard, officials told that a committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner has been constituted. Deputy CMO and BDO Tral are its members, they said.

The committee shall submit its report to the Authorities within a period of 3 days.

Pertinently, a few days ago a group of returnees having travel history from outside J-K were quarantined at Tral and were subsequently sampled for COVID-19.

CMO Pulwama said that sampling, quarantining and discharge of returnees is to be done as per the government order and is the domain of Block Medical Officer and his medical teams.

Upon preliminary verification it was surfaced that BMO Tral has “negligently” discharged 6 persons from the quarantine Centre without waiting for their test reports, he said.

While taking cognizance of the matter, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Raghav Langer ordered the probe into the matter.

He said such “sheer negligence” on the part of BMO Tral has made hundreds of lives vulnerable with a looming potential to spike a new series of infections in the district.

He said Special teams were deputed overnight to the respective areas for quarantining of potential contacts and subsequent sampling of the same. He said that preterm discharging has made the lives of their family members and other contacts vulnerable. (GNS)

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