Reactivation case tests negative

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Technical advisor to Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Yogesh Choudri
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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

THE recent reactivated covid-19 case has now tested negative for the virus and is being taken care of at the field hospital.

This was confirmed by Dr Yogesh Choudri, technical advisor to Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

He said the student has to go through four consecutive negative testes again before he can be discharged back to his family.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his special nationwide address uttered the same sentiment, the student was readmitted to the field hospital the same day and has tested negative on both the GeneXpert and qPCR machines.

Pauline McNeil, permanent secretary MHMS, said the health team deployed to the student’s village in Malaita had swabbed 31 close contacts of this students and all results have returned negative on two COVID-19 testing machines, the GeneXpert machine and the qPCR machine.

“The result of the 31 samples of those who came in close contact with the student who is said to be reactivated with COVID-19 are brought into the Molecular laboratory at the National Referral Hospital and are all returned negative on the GeneXpert machine for the initial testing as well as the repeat testing.

“On the qPCR machine, am pleased to announce that testing result on this machine is also negative. So, there is some level of comfort and assurance that we can have at this time,” said Mrs McNeil.


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