Hospital now hazardous for healthcare workers: Kolkata medical college MBBS interns
Medicos alleged that three shifts of healthcare workers were exposed to a Covid-19 patient without protection in the gynaecology department.
Kolkata: On a day three more doctors of Kolkata Medical College and Hospital tested positive for coronavirus infection, MBBS interns on Monday accused the authorities of 'mismanagement' of Covid suspects which has made the hospital a hazardous zone for healthcare proiders and patients.
"A dysfunctional triage area, lack of isolation zones and no adequate healthcare protection have made the hospital a hazardous zone for healthcare providers and patients. Continuation of work here poses a threat to the lives of healthcare providers, their families and the entire community at large, " the interns said in a release.
They said three shifts of healthcare workers were exposed to a Covid-19 patient without protection in the gynaecology department.
They accused the authorities of denying quarantine facilities and testing to the contacts and instead asking them to resume work which facilitated secondary exposure of the interns to the infection.
Meanwhile, 14 persons, including eight doctors of SSKM Hospital, have been sent to quarantine for coming in contact with a Covid patient. SSKM is the largest state-run referral hospital in West Bengal.
The three KMCH doctors had treated a 62-year-old corona positive patient, who was earlier admitted at Charnock Hospital with kidney ailments.
After Charnock Hospital was temporarily closed following the death of a Covid-19 patient after dialysis, the woman was transferred to the medicine ward of KMCH after her initial examination at the emergency ward.
The patient died on April 13, following which the authorities had halted admission at the male and female medicine wards of KMCH.
A number of doctors, post-graduate trainees, nurses and other health workers were then sent into quarantine.
Two other patients, who were under treatment in the hospital when the Covid patient was admitted, have also contracted the disease.