Lyell McEwin doctor, Dharminy Thurairatnam, praised for fighting the 'good fight'

HUMBLED: Dr Dharminy Thurairatnam's diligence in testing a patient linked to the Parafield cluster has been praised by state authorities and the public.
HUMBLED: Dr Dharminy Thurairatnam's diligence in testing a patient linked to the Parafield cluster has been praised by state authorities and the public.

A gracious young South Australian doctor, credited for preventing a significant second wave of COVID-19 in the state, paid tribute to authorities, the public and team at the Lyell McEwin Hospital on Wednesday.

SA authorities say Dr Dharminy Thurairatnam's diligence of testing a woman in her 80s on November 13 for coronavirus gave a "very early" warning sign of the Parafield cluster.

The work has labelled her a hero.

The doctor's work colleague and supervisor said without the team approach from the Elizabeth Vale ED, "we wouldn't be where we are today".

In response, Dr Thurairatnam firstly thanked SA authorities and the hospital team.

"I would also like to thank the people of South Australia. What they have done is amazing," she said.

"We would not have achieved what we have done today if the people of South Australia didn't come forward and cooperate with the state government into combating the second wave of COVID-19.

"They played a crucial role here."

We would not have achieved what we have done today if the people of South Australia didn't come forward...

Dr Dharminy Thurairatnam

The doctor melted hearts when she said she didn't expect an outpouring of appreciation and warm responses from the public for her actions.

The doctor's comments came as the state recorded no new cases of COVID-19, making it four days straight for the state.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Wade led this morning's public conference at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

"Today's a day to celebrate - celebrate 45,000 health personnel right across the state who over the last 10 months have stepped up and led a superb response to the COVID-10 pandemic," he said.

SA Health statistics

SA Health today issued their latest COVID-19 results which reveals no new cases recorded in the state, making it three days in a row.

To date there have been a total of 562 cases notified in the state and sadly, four people lost their lives.

Statistics gathered by SA Health further show that the Parafield cluster has no new linked cases, with a total of 33 cases connected to the cluster.

South Australia still records 10 active cases of COVID-19 with 10 close contacts.

Pleasingly, of these cases, no person is in hospital care, however, about 1000 of close contacts are still in quarantine.

On Tuesday, December 1, a total of 6,737 tests were carried out, making it to 739,299 for the year to date.

The public is continually to get tested for the virus should they experience symptoms, including:

  • Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
  • An acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste

The public is further urged to wear masks where social distancing of 1.5m isn't available and must wear masks in health care settings, such as chemists.

Professor Nicola Spurrier on Wednesday also highlighted an amendment to the wearing of masks in health settings, saying both surgical and other barrier masks are permitted.

For more information: SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787; www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

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