AIIMS Bhubaneswar says no lapse in COVID-19 guidelines

In a press briefing on Friday evening the government said it had traced 43 out of the 46 people that the patient had come into contact with. Official spokesperson, Subroto Bagchi said, “Eight teams were working on war-footing to contact these peop...

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Meanwhile the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM hospital, held an urgent meeting since many of its doctors live in the same apartment building as the second patient.
Bhubaneswar: All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar, Odisha sought to allay fears of any breach in protocol in the testing of a second COVID 19 positive patient in Odisha. The patient, a nineteen year old student and the second person to test positive in Odisha, is the son of the hospital’s medical supervisor and had returned recently from London.

In a press briefing on Friday evening the government said it had traced 43 out of the 46 people that the patient had come into contact with. Official spokesperson, Subroto Bagchi said, “Eight teams were working on war-footing to contact these people.” AIIMS which sees thousands of visitors every day has meanwhile decided to cancel elective surgeries and postpone non-emergency procedures.

Amidst rumours that there had been lapses in protocol and the father, a doctor himself, may have interacted with people including his colleagues, the hospital director said “things were being blown out of proportion.” Meanwhile AIIMS has been instructed and will restrict patients.


“The patient arrived to Bhubaneswar on the night 18 March and went straight home from the airport. His father brought him to the hospital to be tested the next day and he was taken to the isolation room. Now, that room was a doctor’s chamber in the Ayush ward, but these have been identified as isolation rooms and the patient remains there. The doctor and staff who treated the boy were all wearing n95 masks and had taken all other safety precautions,” Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar. Government of India guidelines and protocols had been followed, she insisted. The patient’s father, the hospital’s medical superintendent, had self-quarantined himself at home, she added.

Meanwhile an unsigned letter, reportedly from the Resident Doctors’ Association addressed to the Director, demanding action against medical superintendent for hiding his son’s travel history has been doing the rounds in social media. Calls made to the association’s president went unanswered.

Acknowledging this letter, typed on the association’s letterhead, was being shared widely, the Director pointed out that it had no signatures. “I had a meeting with the doctors this morning and they said they had written no such letter,” she told ET. The meeting itself was conducting with everyone maintaining minimum social distance, she added.
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Meanwhile, another city hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM hospital, held an urgent meeting since many of its doctors live in the same apartment building as the second patient. It’s asked all its staff living in the same apartment building to quarantine themselves for the next fourteen days. Its memo to its doctors, while warning that health providers, and those above sixty were at high risk, also offered special isolation wards and ICUs to its patients.
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