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35 of AIIMS medical staff asked to self-quarantine themselves
Durgesh Nandan Jha,  24 April 2020
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On Thursday, more than 35 doctors and nurses working at AIIMS’s gastroenterology division were asked to self-quarantine themselves. It was a major scare for healthcare staffs in the hospital after it was found that a male nurse working with them was positive for COVID-19. Few of the patients whom this male nurse attended have also been tested and their results are awaited.

An official at the hospital said that they are contact tracing each and every person the male nurse came in contact. This includes the doctors, nurses and patients and those patients who are considered at high risk are being tested. The others were asked to stay at home till the exact magnitude of this occurence is clear.

Also, at Lok Nayak hospital, a dietician working in the hospital’s mess was tested positive for the coronavirus infection. After which the kitchen is closed till the further orders and all her contacts were been advised to self-quarantine and also get tested.

A similar scare was seen at Safdarjung hospital recently, as a woman underwent caesarean section was tested positive for coronavirus. All the doctors, nurses and other people who had come in her contact were tested and at least three people were found to be positive for the COVID-19.

The hospital has planned to perform all emergency surgeries and maternity cases including C-section and deliveries at its super-specialty block where coronavirus patients are being kept.

A 40-year-old woman, a resident of Jahangipuri, northwest Delhi was positive for COVID-19, died during treatment at Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital in Rohini. Her tests confirmed she was positive on Wednesday, following all 57 healthcare staffs in the hospital were advised self-quarantine.

Before this incident, a hospital in northwest Delhi too had to send their 68 staff members, including senior resident doctors, nursing officers, ECG technicians and housekeeping staff, on home quarantine when one of the patients underwent an emergency surgery at the hospital was a COVID-19 suspect. She was advised home quarantine by the district magistrate of North West but when the 25-year-old pregnant woman suffered a sudden internal bleeding due to ectopic pregnancy.

Her family members rushed her to Bhagwan Mahavir hospital in Pitampura, where she died later during treatment.

In March, Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) had to shut its OPD and IPD because almost 27 staff members, including nurses and doctors, were tested positive for coronavirus. Similar situations had been faced by other hospitals like Max Super Specialty, Saket, Sir Ganga Ram hospital and Apollo hospitals, too.

Source: ET Healthworld

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