2 doctors, 11 paramedics of SKIMS hospitalised after contact with COVID-19 patient
More than 35 people including two doctors and 11 paramedics have been hospitalised after they had direct contact with the two coronavirus positive patients who tested for the novel virus on Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.
Officials said the coronavirus positive patient of Hyderpora had first reported to SKIMS Medical College and Hospital, Bemina with complaints of fever, cough and running nose with travel history to multiple locations including Andaman and Nicobar.
An official at the SKIMS Medical College said that the basic investigations of the patient were done and he was referred to SKIMS, Soura.
The medical college authorities informed that its two doctors and 11 paramedics had direct contact with the positive coronavirus patient during his stay at the hospital.
The employees that include nurses of the isolation ward have been put in hospital quarantine at SKIMS Bemina hospital on Wednesday, the doctors said.
On Wednesday, a total of 11 people including four contacts of Natipora positive patient were admitted to Chest Disease Hospital where their samples tested negative.
“A total of 23 patients have been admitted in the hospital during the past week while the two cases tested positive on Tuesday are in the isolation,” Medical Superintendent CD Hospital, Dr Saleem Tak said.
Interestingly, 22 contacts of the two Srinagar patients tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday have been quarantined at JLNM Hospital, Rainawari.
“We have put 22 close contacts of the two positive cases in the hospital quarantine,” a doctor at the hospital said.
Authorities are worried as the coronavirus cases might be more in the Valley as a significant number of people have concealed their travel history.
Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Chaudhary said the administration was flooded with messages about people concealing travel history, apparently to avoid undergoing mandatory quarantine.
“Flood of messages about travellers who concealed travel history; and about contacts. I wish such people acted responsibly. Those appeals weren't without reason. Control room and teams are having tough time (sic),” he tweeted. "Doctors suggest actual cases in the community could probably be more than those tested positive."
The Deputy Commissioner has appealed the people to stay indoors during the lockdown period to break the chain of transmission of the virus.
"For heaven's sake stay at homes and report to designated hospitals if you have symptoms and travel history. Consult on phone before visiting the hospital. Please. Spread the word," he said.