Vora’s wife Vatsala is also a doctor. The doctor couple recently organised a grand affair for the marriage of their son Karan, who returned from the US. Did they violate any government directives on coronavirus?
Nirupam Banerjee, Ahmedabad: In what could be a major cause of concern for the Gujarat government, a doctor in Ahmedabad has tested positive for coronavirus. The doctor, Vatsala Vora, a pathologist, is the wife of Gujarat Medical Council president and dean of GMERS Medical College Sola, Nitin Vora.
The couple’s son Karan, who stays in the US, recently returned to the country for his marriage that was solemnised in a grand manner in the second half of February. Doctors suggest that it could be the reason for Vatsala Vora to contract the virus. Notably, Karan works as a database administrator at Spacelabs Healthcare in Seattle, Washington.
Meanwhile, after his wife tested positive for the virus, Nitin Vora has been put under home quarantine.
Sources in Civil Hospital, Sola, told Gujarat Exclusive that the couple recently organised a grand wedding ceremony of their son, who returned from abroad. “It could be possible that Vatsala Vora contracted the infection during the marriage ceremony. Since she tested positive for the virus, Nitin Vora has been put under home quarantine,” a hospital source said.
Notably, Vatsala Vora was showing symptoms akin to coronavirus since Wednesday. Her sample was sent for testing and it came out positive for the virus.
Now, it will be a major headache for the government to track down the guests who attended the marriage ceremony. Also, questions are being raised on whether the doctor couple violated any guidelines issued by the Gujarat government and Centre related to coronavirus.
The Union and the state governments had earlier urged people to postpone marriage ceremonies to avoid the spread of the virus.
After the story was published, Nitin Vora contacted Gujarat Exclusive and clarified that he has not violated any government diktat on coronavirus.
“My son’s wedding was held on February 16 and a pre-wedding dinner was organised on February 11. All my guests who had attended the wedding are alright and no one has any symptoms akin to coronavirus. My son has already returned to the US and he is hale and hearty. My wife, who is working with ESIC Hospital, Gomtipur, had shown symptoms akin to coronavirus such as high fever on Wednesday. After the test, she was found positive for coronavirus. Being a doctor and a housewife, it is difficult to ascertain how she contracted the virus. However, as responsible medicos, we have followed all government norms,” Vora said.