Minister Taba Tedir in stable condition

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: The medical condition of Education Minister Taba Tedir, who has been admitted here at the Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH), MLA apartment after testing positive for Covid-19, is currently stable.

Talking to the press here on Sunday, Nodal officer on Covid 19 (TRIHMS) Dr Tamar Paleng informed that Tedir’s health is being closely monitored.

“He was admitted on Friday with fever,” said Dr Paleng.

Besides minister Tedir, 20 other patients are admitted at DCH, with three patients in critical condition.

“The DCH, which started functioning on 16 August has treated 50 patients from across the state,” said Dr Paleng.

He also said if the number of patients increase, there would be a need for more human resources at the DCH.

“At present, we are managing with the existing manpower,” he added.

He also informed that “till now, 20 health care workers, including six doctors from the TRIHMS have tested positive for Covid-19.”

“Eighteen of them have recovered and two are still recovering. In fact, some of the doctors have rejoined services after recovering,” said Dr Paleng.

He also expressed concern over people not taking Covid-19 seriously.

“A wrong message is being circulated in social media that Covid-19 is not a serious disease, which is absolutely wrong. It is not a simple cough and fever disease as it is being made out to appear. Covid has seen fatalities even among young people,” he said.

Dr Paleng informed that “on an average, 15 to 20 percent of the cases become very serious and many lose lives within 5 days of infection.”

Expressing concern over the growing cases of Covid-19 in the Itanagar capital region, he urged people not to relax and strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health department.