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20 Doctors, Paramedics Isolated After Surgeon Tests COVID-19 Positive At Aligarh Muslim University Hospital

A doctor in the department of surgery at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital at Aligarh Muslim University was tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and may have contracted the virus three days ago while performing surgery on a supposedly non-coronavirus patient

20 Doctors, Paramedics Isolated After Surgeon Tests COVID-19 Positive At Aligarh Muslim University Hospital
Highlights
  • The DM has urged the hospital staff to intensify precautionary measures
  • The patient from whom the surgeon contracted coronavirus was asymptomatic
  • The medical college is catering to a large pool of patients

Aligarh: Twenty doctors and paramedics at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) are being quarantined after a surgeon tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, senior officials said. On Tuesday, 48 doctors and paramedics who had come in contact with a coronavirus patient were put in quarantine, severely hampering the functioning of the hospital which is one of the frontline hospitals for testing and treating COVID-19 patients in Uttar Pradesh.

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A doctor in the department of surgery at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital at Aligarh Muslim University tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said. According to the president of the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association, Dr Hamza Malik, the junior doctor who has tested positive was “in no way connected to the coronavirus isolation ward and had contracted the virus three days ago while performing surgery on a supposedly non-coronavirus patient”.

Officials said the patient from whom the surgeon contracted the virus was asymptomatic but it is now suspected that the patient has coronavirus and tests are being conducted to ascertain the same. A hospital spokesperson told PTI that as a first step about 20 odd doctors and paramedics who had come in contact with the infected doctor are being quarantined.

The Resident Doctors Association has demanded that in view of Thursday’s developments the hospital should be designated as a coronavirus-specific facility. In a statement, Dr Malik said if there is no secure system for protecting doctors including regular supply of PPEs, then the junior doctors who are presently working “without any concern for their own safety round the clock on the frontline will have no option but to stop work”.

He has demanded that issues related to problems of junior doctors should urgently be addressed so that the “ongoing efforts of medical professionals do not go in vain”. When contacted AMU spokesman Professor Shafay Kidwai told PTI,

We are fully aware of the commendable role played by the medical fraternity including the junior doctors.

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He said the administration was addressing all their concerns but in the present circumstances it was not feasible to declare the hospital as a designated hospital just for coronavirus patients. Professor Kidwai said,

This hospital is catering to patients from about half a dozen districts in western Uttar Pradesh and we simply cannot shut our doors to other serious patients. Treating only COVID-19 patients would have serious implications for overall health services.

He added that the hospital was working on an “emergency regimen” under which any patient who enters the hospital premises would immediately be screened for coronavirus before being sent to the casualty zone. He said,

By segregating normal patients from coronavirus suspects at the entry-level we will be able to assure that there are no cross infections within the hospital complex.

The additional district magistrate (city) R.K. Malpani told PTI,

We are reviewing the entire procedure for admitting patients with the medical college authorities to address the concerns arising from today’s development. We will urgently put in place a suitable arrangement. This medical college is catering to such a large pool of patients that we cannot afford to limit its functioning just for coronavirus patients.

The district magistrate has urged the hospital staff to intensify precautionary measures for preventing the spread of this pandemic. Meanwhile, the district and the hospital authorities have stepped up emergency damage control steps. After Thursday’s case, four COVID-19 positive patients have been identified in Aligarh city. One patient who was admitted in an advanced state of COVID-19 infection died at the JL Nehru hospital on Tuesday.

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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