COVID-19 positive drug user goes missing from COVID care centre in Imphal West

The patient, a drug user who tested positive for Coronavirus during a mass COVID-19 testing camp for drug users in Imphal, was found missing on Tuesday.


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A COVID-19 patient was found missing from a COVID care centre in Imphal West Tuesday morning, official sources said.

The patient is a drug user who was detected positive for Coronavirus during a mass COVID-19 testing camp for drug users in Imphal on Monday.

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Medical Officer In-charge, CCC Imphal West, RD Wing, Lamphelpat, Dr Maibam Rocky on Tuesday issued a “missing report” to the director of Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur in this regard. 

"The 35-year-old (male) drug user was tested positive on Monday. He was admitted to the CCC Imphal West at around 6:48 pm. He was asymptomatic at the time of admission," the report stated.

The report stated that he was found missing from his room with all his belongings at around 7:45 am Tuesday. His phone was also found to be switched off. Some of the patients saw him wandering around the corridor at midnight which caused disturbance to other in-patients, according to the report. 

Dr Maibam Rocky urged the Social Welfare director to take necessary action and arrange a separate centre for the management of such patients.

The Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, in association with FINGODAP- Manipur Chapter and Drug Users’ Federation for Human Rights and Justice conducted a mass testing of COVID-19 for street based drug users on Monday at the premises of the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Near 2nd MR Gate, Imphal for a target of 50 number of drug users. However, only 29 men and four women turned up for the camp.

As per the RT-PCR report received in the afternoon, 32 of the drug users tested negative whereas only one drug user tested positive. Accordingly, the 28 male drug users who tested negative were taken to the Divine Light Center, Canchipur while four female drug users were taken to Sneha Bhavan, Airport Road for treatment. 

The lone drug user who tested positive was transferred to a special unit of COVID Care Centre for treatment of COVID-19. Once he becomes COVID negative, he will be transferred to a special de addiction and treatment Centre at Canchipur, stated a release by Social Welfare director Ng Uttam on Monday.

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First Published:May 25, 2021, 2:10 p.m.

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