BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Despite several warnings and guidelines issued by the central health ministry and state health department, the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities did not care to listen. As a result, a total of 58 doctors, nurses and healthcare workers on this state-run hospital have been quarantined following the death of a COVID-19 positive patient, who was in the general medicine ward and later shifted to the ICU instead of the isolation ward.
The hospital authorities later shut the male medicine ward and the ICU till these two units are sanitised properly.The state health department has sought a clarification from the NRS superintendent for the negligence.
Hospital sources said a youth from Maheshtala had been admitted to the male medicine ward on March 30. On April 1, he had developed critical respiratory illness. Instead of shifting him to the isolation ward, the hospital authorities kept him at the male medicine ward where others patients were admitted.
The next day he was shifted to the ICU and his swab sample was sent for tests at NICED in Pune. Meanwhile, he died on April 2 and the next day, his test result showed he was suffering from coronavirus.
Sources said, the doctors on duty had informed the hospital authorities about the patient’s symptoms and wanted him to be shifted to the isolation ward. But the hospital authorities did not listen to the doctors.
Earlier, 17 doctors and medical staff of a private hospital had been sent to quarantine after the first COVID-19 death was reported there. The NRS Hospital authorities said that the male medicine ward and ICU would be operational after two days.