COVID-19: After colleague tests positive 25 doctors in Kerala under observation
The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology has met with a ‘self-made’ crisis after it allowed a doctor exposed to Covid-19 risk work there as normal.
On March the doctor who returned from Spain 2 after a study programme has been tested positive on Sunday. About 30 doctors and some paramedical staff are under home quarantine now. Frantic efforts are on to identify the patients, staff and others who had come into contact with him.
Five departments, including the radiology department where the doctor worked have been shut. The hospital will also postpone scheduled surgical procedures in the wake of the crisis.
The hospital management which reportedly rejected the doctor’s request to go on leave immediately after his return has come under sharp criticism. Junior External Affairs Minister V Muraleedharan has sought an urgent report from the hospital.
On Thursday The minister who participated in a routine review meeting at the hospital was told by the authorities that every step was taken to insulate the hospital from the pandemic spread.
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