Three doctors in Delhi and two nurses in Mumbai tested positive for the coronavirus, sources said today. Two of the cases came from Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and one from Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital. .
One of Safdarjung’s doctors, a third-year graduate student in the biochemistry department, has just returned from Dubai. The other contracted a patient’s infection, again highlighting the inadequate protective equipment for medical staff, even in the best hospitals in the national capital.
The two doctors showed symptoms of COVID-19 and the results of their tests have been positive for two days. They are currently being treated in the hospital’s isolation service.
This brings the number of doctors affected in Delhi to six – all infections have been detected in the past eight days, with the number of people living with COVID-19 in the national capital increasing from 35 to 120.
The first to be infected was a doctor at a mohalla clinic – he contracted it from a patient who also returned from Saudi Arabia. About 900 people who came into contact with the doctors had to be quarantined. His wife, who is also a doctor, contracted the disease from him.
A doctor from the Delhi State Cancer Institute also tested positive for the coronavirus. The doctor at the Delhi State Cancer Institute recently visited his brother and sister-in-law, who returned from the United Kingdom. It is not known how the doctor at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel hospital got infected.
In addition, 15 medical personnel from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital were quarantined after being exposed to a COVID-19 patient. None of them has been found positive so far.
The risk of patient infection prompted doctors to demand better quality and an adequate supply of protective equipment.
The Center said on Monday that it was trying to source such equipment, called personal protective equipment (PPE), in bulk at the national level and in South Korea and China.