More than 150 medical staffs of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College under COVID observation
Thiruvananthapuram: The functioning of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has been disrupted after more than 150 people, including doctors, have been sent to quarantine. 18 people, including seven doctors, tested positive for the virus.
Doctors working in different hospitals including Chirayinkeezhu Taluk hospital and Fort hospital have also tested positive. Patients of certain private hospitals have also been diagnosed with the disease, however, these numbers have not been released yet.
18 people from Medical College hospital tested positive within a span of 5 days. This includes 7 doctors and 5 staff nurses. Most of them are working outside the COVID department. Patients admitted in Ortho, Surgery and super speciality departments have also been diagnosed with the disease.
40 doctors and 75 nurses who made contact with them have been sent to quarantine. The disruption of the functioning of hospitals in the district, especially at a time when the number of cases in the coastal areas are increasing, could lead to severe crisis. Authorities have warned that hostels and places where PG doctors and others reside can become conducive for super spreading.
Minister Kadakampally Surendran stated that the functioning of medical college hospital will not be affected by the quarantining of hospital staffs including doctors.