Although more than 150 health workers across private and public hospitals in the state have been infected during this pandemic, this is the first time that such a senior faculty member in a state-leading teaching medical college has tested positive. Although his symptoms are still not aggressive, what worries the attending physicians are his co-morbid conditions, such as COPD, diabetes and hypertension. “The doctor has a fever, but has not developed any respiratory problems. However, given his age and co-morbid conditions, we treat him in the ICU as a precaution, ”said a source at AMRI Hospital.
The 63-year-old was admitted to SSKM Hospital on Monday when he felt he was showing Covid-19 symptoms. A sampling trial confirming the infection arrived Tuesday night, after which he was moved to the Covid-dedicated facility in Salt Lake. “About eight healthcare workers, mainly doctors in his department, have been quarantined,” a source at SSKM said.
After naming itself within the ENT, the physician is known to bring innovations and projects, including cochlear implant surgeries, that have come to be a boon for several children with hearing impairments. He is among the first few doctors cut into the state’s emergency fund to fight Covid.
On Hospital ID, a nurse working in the Covid department, along with two Group D employees, tested positive Wednesday. All three are hospitalized and it is said that their condition is stable. This is the first time that healthcare professionals at this Covid-dedicated facility have been infected. “The nurse always wore PPE during work. She is unlikely to be infected at the hospital, ”said an ID Hospital official. The nurse, who lives in Kidderpore, used to commute to and from the hospital, an official said. Her family members have been quarantined at home.
A nursing home in the local area of Kidderpore was also sealed after a patient admitted there became positive. Some health workers at the nursing home have been quarantined and sanitation has been taken up at the facility.