Over 280 health workers test positive so far

New delhi/GURUGRAM: Another nurse has been tested positive at Hindu Rao Hospital, few days after the facilities were closed down for a while, when a nurse was found positive.

The Hindu Rao Hospital run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, witnessed the second case of a nurse testing positive.

Meanwhile, a total of 76 healthcare workers are being quarantined. "The nurse is already in quarantine as 76 healthcare workers were put in quarantine after contact tracing," an official from North Delhi Municipal Corporation told the Millennium Post.

Out of the 76 people, 33 healthcare workers' reports have come out, the nurse testing positive is one of them. "Reports of 42 healthcare workers are still pending," said the official.

Every 12th Covid positive patient is a healthcare worker, with the number crossing the 280 mark. In recent case, a pulmonary medicine doctor from Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chest Hospital in Patparganj was tested positive after which the building has been sealed for at least three days.

The 63-year-old doctor was a Tuberculosis specialist and is said to have attended to dozens of patients in the last two weeks. He is now admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital in Tahirpur.

At least 55 other doctors, nurses and lower staff, who work here and have interacted with him in the last few days, have been quarantined at home for three days to check if they develop any symptoms.

The numbers of case among healthcare workers has increased significantly and have raised the issue of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Numerous healthcare workers have stated that the quality of PPE kits is bad. "It is torn easily and the quality is not up to the mark," said a healthcare worker at a state hospital.

The same issue has been raised by resident doctors of all prestigious hospitals like AIIMS and Safdarjung. Earlier, Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS wrote a letter to the Prime Minister raising the various issues they have been facing since the start of the pandemic. These issues include PPE kits, Covid testing equipment and quarantine facilities. Many used social media to express their views on the same.

On the other hand, a patient on Thursday lost his life at LNJP Hospital. A resident of Najafgarh area, the patient had a history of comorbidity.

Meanwhile, India has reported 1,823 new cases and 67 deaths in last 24 hours. According to the data released by Union Health Ministry, in total India has witnessed 33,610 cases, out of which 8,373 have been cured, while 1,075 people have lost their lives.

Hospitals in Gurugram, both public and private are proving to be major hotspots as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to show an upward trend.

Nine out of 10 persons who have been found positive with COVID1-19 have been nurses and paramedical staff working at Gurugram government hospital and Medanta hospital.

It is important to note that a person, who is not a health worker, but had been found positive with COVID-19 was getting treatment for stomach ulcer in a private superspecialty hospital. According to health officials, there is a possibility of the patient contracting the infection by getting in touch with one of the infected health workers.

As of now, there have been 14 health workers in Gurugram who have been found positive with COVID-19. Four of them have recovered.

In a data shared by the Health Department, there are over 150 health workers that consist of paramedics and nurses who have been kept under observation in the containment zone. These workers are being screened on the daily basis.

Complaining about a spike in the number of cases among the health workers, one of the nurses highlighted how the health workers who are working at the lower levels are not being provided with proper PPE kits.

To express gratitude for the healthcare professionals fighting the Coronavirus, the Delhi Police on Wednesday undertook a 'parikrama' of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

The cops drove 51 'COVID patrol' bikes to show their respect to the medical staff for their selfless service. The campaign to thank the healthcare professionals were lead by female cops and Additional DCP (South) Parvinder Singh. "Frontline Gratitude and Respect Delhi Police Personnel expressed its gratitude and respect to the Doctors and Paramedical staff of AIIMS, at the forefront of the battle against #COVID-19 #CovidWarriorsIndia," tweeted DCP South Delhi Atul Kumar Thakur.

It was also shared on MyGovIndia's official Twitter profile.

"Today evening, 51 'Covid Patrol' motorcycles of South Delhi District Police expressed their gratitude & solidarity to our front line corona warriors AIIMS Doctors & paramedics. They are the real Heroes. And women cops in the lead. #IndiaFightsCorona #TogetherWeCan @DelhiPolice," tweeted MyGovIndia.

A few days ago, Delhi Police paid tribute to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib for feeding thousands of people every day amid lockdown. It was applauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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