A 45-year old man who took admission to Khulna Medical College Hospital early Thursday concealing his past treatment record died at the hospital in the afternoon with ymptoms of coronavirus infection.
Doctors at the hospital said that the man, Mostahidur Rahman of Helatala in Khulna city, might have died of COVID-19 as he had symptoms of coronavirus infection such as fever and breathing problem.
Hospital director ATM Manjur Morshed said that a total of 20 doctors, nurses and medical staff who came to Mostahidur’s contact were sent in home quarantine.
KMCH corona unit doctor Shailendranath Biswas told New Age that the man who underwent thyroid operation at a private hospital in Dhaka 10 days ago was admitted to the hospital’s surgery unit for his post-operative treatment on Thursday at about 2:30am.
In the morning, his relatives called physicians and medical staff as he was suffering from high fever and breathing problem and the doctors visited him, he said.
He said that the physicians firstly thought that the problems might occur due to his operation.
As time elapsed after giving him needed treatment and he was not feeling better, physicians asked about his past medical records or whether he came to contact with any returned expatriate, he said.
He said that the relatives then said that he, after his operation, was kept at the Intensive Care Unit of the Dhaka hospital where another coronavirus positive patient was admitted and died.
But it was too late and he died at about 1:30pm on Thursday, he said.
The physician also said that, during discharge, the Dhaka hospital advised Mostahidur to remain in home quarantine but he neither follow it nor gave the true information to KMCH.
Had the patient or his relatives not concealed the information, the hospital could admit the patient to the corona unit, Shailendranath said.
He said that they suspected that Mustahidur was a coronavirus positive patient and sent his blood sample to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka for confirmation whether their suspicion was true.
KMCH director ATM Manjur Morshed told reporters that all the 18-20 doctors, nurses and medical staff of the hospital who came to his contact were sent in home quarantine.
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