Rajkot cancer medical facility to remain shut for 2 weeks after 6 nurses test positive


By: Express News Service|Rajkot |

Released: July 31, 2020 11: 40: 13 pm

Coronavirus cases, nurses test positive, Rajkot cancer hospital, Gujarat news, Indian express news The medical facility administration stated that they were in touch with the officers of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) for sanitising the hospital. (Representational)

4 nurses of Nathalal Parekh Cancer Institute checked positive for Covid-19 on Friday, following which the administration said they would have to close the hospital for 2 weeks to prevent additional spread of the virus. A week earlier, 2 nurses had actually evaluated positive.

Dr Vijaykumar Gupta, medical director of the health center, said that there are 46 nurses in the healthcare facility and out of them 26 are resident nurses residing in a hostel on the hospital premises, while the rest live outside the premises.

” A week back, 2 nurses of radiology department of our healthcare facility had actually checked positive and we had actually closed down that department because. Yesterday, we sent samples of four more nurses who were slightly symptomatic and they returned positive for the disease,” he stated.

Gupta further said that samples of 8 more nurses and a physician were collected on Friday for Covid-19 testing which laboratory results were anticipated to come by Saturday. “Of the six nurses who have evaluated favorable, one has actually been confessed to civil medical facility (PDU Health center), while the rest are in isolation in their homes,” Dr Gupta further said.

He included that 57 patients who were getting indoor treatment would be discharged by Saturday and that the healthcare facility would need to be closed down for at least 2 weeks. He further stated that the hospital utilized to record 150 OPD patients every day.

” We don’t understand how the infection went into the healthcare facility however are taking precautionary procedures as per standards,” Gaurang Sanghvi, chairman of Rajkot Cancer Society (RCS), the NGO which runs the health center informed The Indian Express

The chairman said a lot of cancer surgical treatments, for which patients are hospitalised, are planned surgeries and that the medical facility will have to reschedule a few of them due to impending closure for a couple of days.

” While we are also familiar with the fact most of the clients pertaining to our hospital for treatment come from weak financial background, cancer patients can be extremely prone to illness like Covid-19 and we need to take extreme care while handling them,” stated Sanghvi.

Dr Sushmita Dave, honorary secretary of RCS, stated the health center had been taking all preventative measures considering that February this year to keep the Covid-19 at bay. “To guarantee that social distancing is kept on the hospital properties, we had actually converted a part of our parking lot into waiting area for OPD patients. We had actually also hired extra security guards for this function and made it a norm that only one relative is allowed per client as a caretaker. We had likewise introduced pass systems for clients and relatives,” stated Dr Dave.

The health center administration said that they were in touch with the officers of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) for sanitising the hospital.

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