More than 500 doctors and health workers from two main hospitals in Patna – AIIMS and Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) – were infected with COVID-19 during the ongoing second wave, sources said.
A total of 384 AIIMS Patna employees, including doctors, nurses and sanitation workers, have been infected in the second wave so far, its medical director CM Singh told the agency. Press Trust of India release.
Dr Indu Sekhar Thakur, director of Patna Hospital and Medical University, said more than 125 of its employees have tested positive so far.
He said the list includes 70 doctors and more than 55 nurses and other health workers.
Patna AIIMS and Patna Medical College and Hospital, along with another public medical facility, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, are seeing large numbers of COVID-19 patients in the state capital.
The director of Patna Medical College and Hospital said hospital authorities had set up separate isolation spaces for its infected employees.
Patna Medical College and Hospital, Bihar’s first century-old hospital, has a facility of around 105 beds for COVID-19 patients excluding its staff and all are currently occupied, Dr Thakur said.
AIIMS Patna has increased its bed capacity to 250 and all beds are occupied.
The director of Patna Medical College and Hospital said that due to the infection of many staff members, the hospital faces a shortage of manpower.
“But since all staff’s leave has been canceled, we are managing the operation of COVID-19 services,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Bihar branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) released a list of 40 doctors across the state with their phone numbers to help the needy.
“Our doctors treat patients who are mostly isolated at home over the phone,” said State President Dr Shahjanand Singh.
Surgeon Dr Singh himself is on the list of doctors helping the needy during the crisis.
The head of IMA Bihar said these doctors are available by phone from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bihar is witnessing a second outbreak of COVID-19 like the rest of the country.
According to the health bulletin released on Wednesday, a total of 12,222 more people have tested positive, while 56 have lost their lives due to the deadly disease.
The state has a total of 3.54,281 COVID cases while the death toll stands at 1,897.
Bihar currently has 63,745 active cases of coronavirus.
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