More than 50 health care providers infected with corona virus in Karachi: officials
Dozens of doctors, paramedics, nurses, technicians, and other public and private hospital staff in Karachi have tested positive for corona virus, after most of these health care providers deal with “affected but asymptomatic patients” without wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) ) right. , health ministry officials said on Saturday.
“Dozens of health service providers, including doctors, paramedics, nurses, technicians, environmental boys and even drivers in various public and private hospitals have so far tested positive for the corona virus. The actual number is unknown, but more than 50 health service providers have so far been positive, “a Sindh health department official told The News.
At least one doctor, Dr. Abdul Qadir Soomro, a prominent doctor and dermatologist, had died of a coronavirus in Karachi, but despite being infected, no doctor was hospitalized, the official said.
The latest outbreak of coronavirus has been reported from Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Center near Karachi Civil Hospital, where 10 health care providers, including two doctors, three anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and IT people, have been infected with COVID-19 after operating on infected patients.
“At least 10 health care providers, including two vascular surgeons and three anesthesiologists, have found corona virus infected and their tests are positive. All of them have been placed in quarantine while other staff are also being tested, “health department officials said.
The official stated that in addition, at least three staff members of the Karachi Civil Hospital (CHK) and assistant professor of Dow Health Sciences University (DUHS) from the medical department had been infected by a viral disease.
CHK Medical Inspector Dr Khadim Hussain said that most of their victims’ departments, a boy and a hospital driver, had been infected with the corona virus and they were placed in isolation, while an assistant professor from the medical department who was on leave was also tested positive for the virus.
“The condition of all COVID-19 patients is good. Either they show no symptoms or with few symptoms. All of them have been placed in isolation in their homes and they are fine, “said Dr. Khadim Hussain, added that in fact patients infected with the corona virus visited the hospital in large numbers, and when health care providers saw them without PPE or showed any leeway, they were also infected.
But some insiders claim that some doctors and paramedic staff in the CHK surgical ward have tested positive when they unknowingly operated on two patients who were positive for the corona virus and all staff from the two surgical wards became infected.
“Elective surgery has been canceled in the province after a coronavirus outbreak to prevent surgeons and other technical staff from contracting viral infections because it is now known that all corona virus patient secretions contain viruses and can infect doctors and paramedics,” One of the infected surgeons from CHK said but regretted that they had been asked to carry out an operation, which infected him and some of his colleagues.
Four are infected at NICH
Officials at the Karachi National Children’s Health Institute (NICH) said four of their health care providers – two doctors and two paramedics – had tested positive for the corona virus and had been transferred to different hospitals and self-isolation to prevent others from contracting the disease. .
“Two of our doctors and two paramedics have so far tested positive using COVID-19. Most likely, they get the disease from their patients. They have been ostracized while the department where they work is disinfected and those who make contact are monitored, “said Prof. Jamal Raza, director of NICH Karachi, when speaking with The News.
One infected on the Dow Ojha campus
Officials at the Dow University Ojha campus said that despite treating COVID-19 patients and testing samples from all provinces, only one boy in the emergency department was positive.
They added that they had adopted infection prevention and control practices that helped prevent their staff from contracting the disease. “Only one boy in the emergency department contracted the corona virus and he was immediately isolated. We have tight controls while we provide abundant PPE to prevent our staff from this virus, “said Prof. Saeed Quraishy, deputy chancellor of the DUHS, when speaking with The News.
Another doctor is infected
Health ministry officials said several doctors and paramedics at Shaheed Abbasi Hospital in Karachi, Liaquatabad and Korangi had been infected with the corona virus, and that they were most likely infected with their patients while examining them in the OPD and ward without using PPE.
“Several doctors from ASH, Liaquatabad and Korangi approached various hospitals, including CHK, and other laboratories, and requested their tests and at least six doctors have tested positive so far. They are in isolation while their close contacts and family members are being examined, “the health department said.
Two are infected at the Indus Hospital
Two healthcare providers from the Karachi Indus Hospital, which took coronavirus samples and treated patients from all over Karachi, were also tested positive, said the Indus Health Network (IHN) official. “One doctor and staff member of the Karachi Indus Hospital has tested positive for the corona virus so far. We take the safety of our staff very seriously and try to protect them as much as possible. “
The situation at JPMC
Officials at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) said that despite dealing with the largest number of patients since the coronavirus outbreak, no hospital staff has so far tested positive using COVID-19. They added that they did their best to prevent doctors and their staff from contracting the disease.
“We put eight of our staff members in quarantine, including doctors and nurses, and, fortunately, all were stated negative. We use PPE when dealing with patients and take all precautions in this regard, “said Dr. Seemin Jamali, executive director at JPMC.
Several doctors, paramedics and staff members from various tertiary and secondary care hospitals have tested positive for the corona virus, and these hospitals include two private health facilities near the Karachi National Stadium, official Sindh health department officials said, adding that several providers Other health services at hospitals in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and the Defense and Clifton regions were also tested positive for the virus.
“We are currently collecting data on health service providers dealing with people who are positively affected by the corona virus and are infected in the private health sector. But there are more than 15 health service providers from different private hospitals who tested positive for the corona virus in Karachi, “a health ministry official said.
PMA seeks compensation
The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said two doctors had so far died from coronaviruses in the country while many were found to be infected with the virus while treating patients.
This requires the federal and provincial governments to announce compensation for health care providers who have lost their lives and those who have been infected with the virus. “Doctors are frontline soldiers in the fight against the corona virus and so far have been martyred. Several other people have so far been infected with a virus and their lives are at risk. We demand compensation for those who have died and special benefits for those who work on the front lines, “Dr Qaiser Sajjad, PMA secretary general, said in a statement on Saturday.