HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Jun 2:
The State government has given a clean chit to the State Bank of India (SBI) official who allegedly skipped Covid-19 test and quarantine until he was found positive of the virus.
Stating that there was a communication gap, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War today said that the State government will not take up any case against the SBI branch manager of Khliehriat branch.
Dr. War informed that the SBI branch manager had joined the office at Khliehriat on June 15, but since he had earlier worked at Khanapara branch in Assam where a case was detected, the Assam authorities after doing contact tracing asked him to come for testing.
“He went to Assam on June 23 and had tested negative there. He returned back to Meghalaya on June 28. When he reached Byrnihat entry point, he showed the certificate given by Assam which stated that he was Covid-19 free,” Dr. War said.
“But when he reached Khliehriat, the dorbar shnong there said that since he was out of town for some time he had to be quarantined. When we tested him he was found positive,” Dr. War added.
It may be mentioned that on June 30, Dr. War had said that the SBI branch manager had violated the Covid-19 protocol and an FIR would be filed against him.
Dr. War had also said that the branch manager was not screened at the Byrnihat check-point in Ri-Bhoi district after entering Meghalaya after he shown his identity card at the check-point and those manning the check point did not screen him and allowed to pass through, thinking that he would stop in Shillong and get himself tested at the Shillong Civil Hospital.
Dr. War had also stated that the SBI official proceeded straight to Khliehriat and it was only after the vigilant Dorbar Shnong at Khliehriat informed the office of the East Jaiñtia Hills Deputy Commissioner about the arrival of the branch manager that the health department swung into action and took the samples of the SBI official and put him into quarantine after he tested positive.