BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The superintendents of Howrah District Hospital and North Bengal Medical College have both tested positive for coronavirus. The family members of both have been sent to quarantine.
With these two cases, the total number of patients who tested COVID-19 positive in Bengal now stands at 80, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced at Nabanna on Thursday.
The superintendent of Howrah hospital had developed fever along with cough and breathing trouble since Wednesday. As his condition started deteriorating, he was immediately admitted to the M.R. Bangur hospital. Tests revealed he was suffering from coronavirus.
Last week, a woman from Salkia had been admitted to Howrah district hospital with flu-like symptoms. Her swab samples had been sent for test to NICED in Pune. The woman died last week and her test report showed she was corona-positive.
There was resentment among the doctors and nurses as the hospital super did not send the woman to isolation ward though she had fever. In fact, the super had visited the ward where the woman was admitted. Later, all the doctors and the nursing staff who were treating her were sent to quarantine at the Dumurjala Stadium.
The superintendent had also visited the stadium to supervise quarantine arrangements. Health department officials suspect that he was infected either from the ward of the hospital or the quarantine centre.
Meanwhile, sources in the health department said that the superintendent of the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and a nurse have also tested COVID-19 positive. It is suspected that the two were infected by a woman from Kalimpong who was admitted there and later tested corona-positive. The woman, who had come from Chennai, later died at the hospital.