Who is to be blamed for 32 Doctors testing positive? HC wants report by June 8

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The Telangana-Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) has said that 32 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 in Osmania Medical College affiliated hospitals in the state with two doctors testing positive on Thursday.

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At least 6 doctors from NIMS said to have been afflicted with the virus and the management has decided to treat them in their vicinity. Most of the cases have been detected in Gandhi hospital due to the sheer negligence of the management and the doctors as well. It is suspected that virus-infected the doctors after they performed surgery on a pregnant lady for delivery who later tested positive after 3 days of her discharge.

Though the patient’s sample was collected prior to the surgery, the report of which, however, came 3-days later by which the surgery was performed. The delay in getting the report said to be due to Ramzan festival etc. In addition to the doctors, at least 10 house surgeons belong to Gandhi medical college including a professor said to have been exposed to the patient in the operation theatre.

The state has also already recorded 127 new cases of Covid virus infection taking the total number of cases to 3,147 with 105 deaths which include 6 deaths on Thursday alone. As on date 448 migrants and foreign returnees were also tested positive.

This new development has turned a cause of concern for many doctors especially the junior doctors who were agog after the authorities ordered them to continue their job even after they were tested positive. After much persuasion, the authorities relented and quarantined those affected. According to a letter issued by the Director of Medical Education Dr Ramesh Reddy, the medical staff in every centre will be divided into two groups and will be allowed them to work in two shifts. One group will be working in one shift for one full week while the other group will remain in quarantine. “Hence, every group will be quarantined for a week after working for one full week”, said Dr Ramesh Reddy adding that “The cycle will go on”.

Meanwhile, the High Court has asked the government to furnish a report by June 8 as to how the doctors were afflicted after being provided with Personal protection Kits (PPE). A division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chouhan and B Vijayasen Reddy was hearing several writ petitions filed by various petitioners seeking directions to the government to provide PPEs and security to doctors and paramedical staff.

“It is perplexing to note as to how the doctors have contracted the virus. It must be out of sheer negligence of the staff as the government have issued clear guidelines to be followed by them while treating the Covid19 patients. We have also provided them with all necessary equipment required to protect themselves from this virus”, alleged a senior official in the Medical and Health Department who wish to be anonymous.

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