Manmeet Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, January 10
At least 50 employees, especially MBBS interns and Post Graduate (PG) students-cum-junior resident (JR) doctors at Government Medical College here, have been infected since the start of the recent surge in cases.
The MBBS interns and PG students (JRs) work in close contact with patients at Out Patient Departments (OPDs) and Indoor Patient Departments (IPDs).
While there are chances of them acquiring the infection from patients, students contrarily claimed that their source of infection was their hostel mates as no arrangements for isolation of infected students were made in time.
If sources are to be believed, the institute which is the tertiary care health centre for nearby districts, could be a potential major hotspot for Covid infections. However, at present, the administration has woken up and a few guesthouses on the campus, apart from a hostel, have been reserved for isolation of mildly infected interns and JRs.
“Separate arrangements were made after the students took up the issue with the authorities,” a leader of the junior resident doctors’ association said.
An official of the GMC said: “The action was taken as soon as the matter was brought to light.” He said earlier in the absence of any specific guidelines, no special arrangement was in place.
A hostel resident said: “No isolation, as is required under Covid guidelines, is possible in a hostel where inmates have to share washrooms, toilets and even the mess.” He said the reason of the infection could be due to weather conditions but even the mess staff had started showing symptoms similar to Covid infection.
Earlier last week, an outbreak of Covid infections was reported from Government Medical College in Patiala, after which the administration got the hostels vacated.
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