Bethany Hospital, Shillong was re-opened on Saturday after sealing it for a month following the outbreak of Coronavirus where its founder, Dr John L. Sailo Rynthathiang was infected and succumbed to the virus.

Dr Sailo, as fondly known, was the first COVID-19 positive patient who was tested positive on April 13, and his passing away on April 15, brought shock and panic in Meghalaya not only among the citizens, but frontline warriors too.

Started in 2002, Bethany Hospital Shillong has 175 beds.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, who visited the hospital on Saturday, paid tribute to the late renowned physician in the presence of his wife and other family members.

He said that the biggest tribute to Dr Sailo will be for the team to continue with the good work and fulfil his vision for the people.

Sangma also thanked the entire Bethany Hospital team that responded to the pressure in a positive and cooperative manner.

“I also thank the network and the community for supporting the government and Bethany Hospital,” Sangma said.

Meghalaya recorded 14 cases of COVID-19 including Dr Sailo, out of which, 12 have recovered, and one patient is still positive.


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