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Sikkim: Yuksam PHC sealed as 13 medical staff infected with Covid 19

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GANGTOK: The West District administration has declared Yuksam-Dubdi GPU as a containment zone following an outbreak of Covid cases in the respective area on Tuesday.

Simultaneously, the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Yuksam was sealed as well, following 13 healthcare staff’s Covid positive reports including the medical officer-in-charge, three dentists, and two nurses.

The order of PHC’s declaration as containment zone came on Monday.

Dr. Anusha Lama, Chief Medical Officer (CMO, west), has visited the PHC yesterday to take stock of the situation. She informed that the OPD facility will be shifted to Yuksam Panchayat Bhawan while serious cases would be directly referred to Geyzing hospital. An extra ambulance would be made available for Yuksam, she added.

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Medical staff from Geyzing district hospital are being deployed at Yuksam to run the temporary OPD from Yuksam Panchayat Bhawan.

Local MLA and SLA deputy speaker Sangay Lepcha also took a first-hand account from the spot accompanied by Ecclesiastical Affairs advisor Rinzing Sherap Bhutia. Yuksam SDM Tshering T. Bhutia and panchayat members were also present during the visit.
Lepcha appealed to the public not to panic.

Meanwhile, the entire Yuksam-Dubdi GPU was declared as a containment zone due to the presence of active Covid cases and to prevent further spread of Covid.

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