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Pune: 15 YCMH doctors, 10 nurses, 7 journalists from Pimpri test positive

Among the YCMH doctors who tested positive include the head of dental department, Dr Yashwant Ingle, who had recieved two doses of the vaccine.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: March 21, 2021 8:19:44 pm
Pune Covid-19 wrap: 5,741 new cases on Tuesday; the second highest so farAfter a day’s drop, the daily count of coronavirus cases in Pune showed a big jump on Tuesday, with 5,741 new infections getting detected. (Express File Photo by Manoj More)

In the ongoing second wave of Covid-19, 15 doctors from PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital, Pimpri, better known as YCM hospital, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Similarly, 10 staff nurses have also been infected. Besides, seven journalists from different media groups have also tested positive for the virus in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Doctors and nurses of YCMH, who have tested positve, were handling Covid patients in different wards. At least three family members of the doctors were also admitted. Among the YCMH doctors who have tested positive is Dr Yashwant Ingle, who is the head of the dental department. Dr Ingale was admitted to YCMH after receiving two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Rajendra Wable, dean of YCMH, confirmed that 10 to 15 doctors have tested positive in the last few days. “Similarly, at least 10 staff nurses also tested positive. We have created a special ward for the staff,” he said.

Dr Pravin Soni, head of the Covid departments at YCMH said, “It is true that several doctors have been infected at YCMH… I suggest that YCMH should now be declared a dedicated Covid hospital like last year as it will help us do full justice to the Covid patients.”

To this, Dr Wable said he had discussed the plan with the civic administration. “The administration will make a final decision on this,” he said.

Dr Wable further said YCMH had 210 beds in general wards reserved only for Covid patients. “All of them are full. Similarly, 45 ICU beds are also full,” he said.

Seven journalists belonging to television and print media have also tested positive in the last few days. They have been admitted to civic hospitals. One of them said, “My wife first tested positive. After that, my son and I tested positive. My son and I have been discharged from hospital, but my wife is still in hospital. She tested positive two days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.”ongoing second wave of Covid-19, 15 doctors from PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital, Pimpri, better known as YCM hospital, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Similarly, 10 staff nurses have also been infected. Besides, seven journalists from different media groups have also tested positive for the virus in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Doctors and nurses of YCMH, who have tested positve, were handling Covid patients in different wards. At least three family members of the doctors were also admitted. Among the YCMH doctors who have tested positive is Dr Yashwant Ingle, who is the head of the dental department. Dr Ingale was admitted to YCMH after receiving two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Rajendra Wable, dean of YCMH, confirmed that 10 to 15 doctors have tested positive in the last few days. “Similarly, at least 10 staff nurses also tested positive. We have created a special ward for the staff,” he said.

Dr Pravin Soni, head of the Covid departments at YCMH said, “It is true that several doctors have been infected at YCMH… I suggest that YCMH should now be declared a dedicated Covid hospital like last year as it will help us do full justice to the Covid patients.”

To this, Dr Wable said he had discussed the plan with the civic administration. “The administration will make a final decision on this,” he said.

Dr Wable further said YCMH had 210 beds in general wards reserved only for Covid patients. “All of them are full. Similarly, 45 ICU beds are also full,” he said.

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Seven journalists belonging to television and print media have also tested positive in the last few days. They have been admitted to civic hospitals. One of them said, “My wife first tested positive. After that, my son and I tested positive. My son and I have been discharged from hospital, but my wife is still in hospital. She tested positive two days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.”

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