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India’s patient zero unsure about returning to Wuhan for studies | India News


THRISSUR: A year after contracting Covid-19, India’s first patient is more worried about pursuing her studies, while health professionals — who managed her condition — vividly recollect their struggles.
She was pursuing an MBBS at a college in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in China. She tested positive on January 30, 2020 when she arrived home.
She is now unsure about returning to college as the Covid threat continues. “She is attending a coaching programme in Thrissur to make up for her lost academic days. She now views her Covid infection as a minor chapter in life, though at that point all of us were worried. She doesn’t want to talk to anyone about it,” her father said.
District medical officer Dr K J Reena recalled how she came to the district hospital with slight fever and a throat pain and was admitted for treatment. “We were anticipating cases as many students from Thrissur were studying in China and most of them were likely to return given the winter holidays then. We had put in a place a programme to track returnees,” she said.
“The health minister, principal secretary (health) and several others reminded us the entire nation was watching us. We were conscious and provided her the best care. She was probably the most tested patient and had to spend many days in hospital as protocols were different then,” the DMO said.
There were three other students who returned from China to Thrissur; all of them tested negative.



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