Chandigarh doc, nurse test positive for COVID-19 | Dozen docs, nurses under quarantine in city

Covid 19 death

The Hush Post|6:59 pm| one-minute-read|

A Chandigarh doctor and a Panchkula-based nurse have tested positive for Corona Virus. A dozen PGI and Government Medical College (GMCH) doctors and 45 nurses besides others have also been put under quarantine. This was done after a 65-year-old Naya Gaon patient died of novel coronavirus on Tuesday.

Those who have been put into isolation include five PGI doctors, 22 nursing staffers, five sanitation attendants and four hospital attendants.

Remaining five doctors, two emergency medical officers, a radiographer and a nurse were now left to look after Covid-19 patients in a medical college located in Sector 16.

The 40-year-old doctor, a Sector 43 resident, was working in a private hospital in Mohali. He was handling a Canadian couple who tested positive.

The nurse, 32, was handling Panchkula’s government hospital’s first Covid-19 patient.

The Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 doctors and para-medics deployed in isolation wards said that they were not provided with complete protective gear (PPE).

A video of a field nurse and two Asha workers posted in Panchkula went viral on social media recently.

Union health ministry has said that the government was working on ending the shortage of PPE. “Since the beginning, there was some production issue, but since January, we are working on several front including bringing it from abroad. Apart from that, we have also developed some indigenous PPEs to fulfill the gap,” Luv Aggarwal, a senior health ministry official said.

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