Mumbai: Jaslok Hospital services come to halt after nurse treating patient tests positive
The hospital management did not inform the staff about admission of a COVID-19 patient, alleged the nurse
Mumbai - New admissions were stopped and Outpatient Department (OPD) was closed at the private-run Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday after at least one of its staff tested positive for coronavirus.
A nurse working at the hospital alleged in a video message that was circulating on social media that more than one staff member had contracted coronavirus, but the hospital said only one person had tested positive.
Following the allegations by the nurse, a meeting was called at the Brihhanmumbai Municipal Corporation office, which was attended by top officials of the hospital, BMC sources said.
As per the nurse who is seen speaking in the video, the hospital management did not inform the staff about admission of a COVID-19 patient.
When contacted, Jaslok Hospital admitted that a nurse who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient did test positive.
"The staff members handling COVID-19 patients are given protective gears like face masks, gloves, eye protection, Personal Protection Equipment for contact droplet and airborne transmission of pathogens, long-sleeved water resistant gown to ensure precaution.
"All the medical staff who came in direct or indirect contact of the affected nurse and the connected patient have been identified and quarantined as per the protocol," it said.
As a precautionary measure, the hospital has suspended its OPD services and no new admissions are being taken for a few days, it said further.