Bethany hospital to be evacuated by Sunday night

SHILLONG, Apr 19: Meghalaya Chief Minister on Sunday informed that by Sunday night Bethany Hospital Shillong will be completely evacuated.

“All the doctors and staff at the hospital have been tested. The results of all are negative, but three are still awaited. All who tested negative have been shifted to various isolation facilities,” the chief minister informed.

“All the inpatients have also been tested and found negative. All have been moved to isolation facilities or discharged to go home. Fourteen doctors and staff are in Bethany Hospital to complete the lockdown of the hospital,” the Chief Minister informed.

He also informed that to effectively monitor home quarantine, the government is using the Corontine App developed by IIT Bombay. The following persons are mandated to download the app – those who visited Bethany Hospital, Shillong on or after March 24 and those who vsited Bethany Hospital, Nongpoh on or after March 30.

Also those who have been identified as primary contact or secondary contact of the corona positive patients.

“The database of about 5,300 individuals who fall in the above categories is with the health and family welfare department. These individuals will all receive an SMS or a link via WhatsApp on their mobile phones to download the app today,” the Chief Minister said.

He further said that the features of this app was to ensure that the users follow quarantine protocols.

“It also notifies if there are positive cases around you and it helps authorities contain the spread of the virus. The government will also ensure that all families under compulsory home quarantine downloaded the app,” the Chief Minister stressed.

The Chief Minister also said that the government will also ensure that all families under compulsory Home Quarantine have downloaded the app are given free home delivery of rations so that they do not have to step out of their homes.

“We will start the process from April 22 and will reach all the households soon,” the Chief Minister added.

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