Coronavirus has cast a shadow on the top leadership of the capital’s healthcare set-up, with the medical director of the Delhi government’s largest coronavirus facility, Lok Nayak, testing positive for the virus. The dean of the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) at GTB hospital has also contracted the virus.
Dr Suresh Kumar, recently appointed as medical director of Lok Nayak, has gone into home isolation, officials said. “As soon as he tested positive, we started contact tracing and around 30 healthcare workers, including senior doctors, got themselves tested. Two other staff members tested positive Saturday. The hospital’s administrative block has been shut for sanitisation,” said a senior doctor from the hospital, which functions as a designated Covid facility with 2,000 beds.
Over 40 healthcare workers, including 17 resident doctors and 23 nurses, have tested positive for coronavirus at Lok Nayak. Resident doctors from the hospital said a nodal officer must be appointed to keep a track of healthcare workers testing positive.
The Delhi government had recently asked all hospitals to form a Hospital Infection Control Committee to assess each such case.
“A dedicated nodal officer for Covid positive health workers has been a long-standing demand of doctors. Besides improving care for corona warriors, it would help analyse the route of infection and improve infection control practices,” said Dr Parv Mittal, president of the Lok Nayak’s resident doctors’ association.
In Delhi, over 650 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus so far. At AIIMS, 247 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus, out of which 150 have been discharged and rejoined duty. “41 more healthcare workers have been diagnosed with the disease. Their reports came in the last two days,” said Dr DK Sharma, medical superintendent of AIIMS.
The Dean of UCMS at GTB hospital, Dr A K Jain, and his personal assistant have also tested positive for the disease. On Friday, the government had earmarked 500 beds in GTB hospital for treatment of coronavirus patients. “The block where his office is located has been sealed. He has been admitted to a hotel attached with the hospital for further treatment,” said a senior doctor from GTB.
Earlier this week, the Dean of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at RML Hospital had tested positive. Dr Rajeev Sood has been admitted to Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital. Over 30 healthcare workers from the hospital have tested positive so far.
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