Man in isolation room hangs himself, tests come back negative later

TRICHY: A 60-year-old man admitted to the Covid-19 isolation room of the Ariyalur government hospital hanged himself on Friday night. However, a little later, his hyssop sample was found to be negative for the novel in the lab at (MGMGH).

The victim, P Narayanan, was a native of the village and worked as a daily gamble in Kerala. He returned on March 23, but after having fever symptoms, he volunteered to undergo the test at Ariyalur GH. He was admitted to the GH isolation room on April 6 and his swab was sent to the Covid-19 laboratory the following day. He was placed in a separate room in the room as his result was expected. On Friday night, a staff nurse at Ariyalur GH gave her tea and cookies around 6 in the afternoon. However, when the medical staff came to dinner around 7 pm, they found him hanging from the window using his towel.

He was completely calm during treatment and his hyssop test result was supposed to come out on Saturday. After his death, we contacted the Trichy GH laboratory by phone and found that he had tested negative for Covid-19, a senior health department official said. CCTV cameras are covered only up to the entrance to the isolation room.

In addition to the Narayanan, three other patients were admitted to the Ariyalur GH isolation room. The smear test was not performed on two patients, as they showed no symptoms, officials added. Collector Ariyalur D said: Hospital management said there was a dispute between the victim and his wife on the hospital campus when she came to meet him. An investigation is ongoing. Ariyalur police are investigating the suicide.