The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) has set up an isolation ward for the treatment of Coronavirus-infected patients.
By Priyansh Verma
Bengaluru: Three patients who are suspected of being infected with Coronavirus have been admitted to the RGICD. The Karnataka Health Department said that Government as well as private hospitals are planning to set up isolation wards to deal with the virus that has proliferated across six continents.
A Bangalorean, Sai Karthik, who went for a check-up at the RGICD after returning from Italy, said that the doctors did not identify any symptoms but he has been told to stay in isolation. “I will have to stay at home for 14 days and then come back for a check-up again,” he added.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Health Officer informed that strict checks are being conducted at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Majestic Bus Terminal. “After a software engineer, who had travelled to Bangalore tested positive, the checks have been strict,” he said.
The engineer is being treated in Hyderabad and it is believed that he might have come in contact with 50-80 people while travelling from Bangalore.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar of the RGICD said there are no positive cases at the institute as of now. “We are treating the suspects as per the guidelines that have been framed by the Government of India,” he added.
Senior Doctor and Pulmonologist at the RGICD echoed Kumar’s comment and said that they are focusing on the treatment of the three patients who have shown symptoms. There have been five confirmed cases of Coronavirus in India so far.