Two more doctors from GMCH-32 test positive for swine flu

There seems to be no stopping of the swine flu cases in the city with more and more medicos falling prey to the influenza. After two faculty members of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, tested positive, two more doctors, an assistant professor of the Department of ENT and assistant professor from the Department of Pathology, from the same hospital also tested positive.

Earlier, three lab attendants at PGIMER had also tested positive for the flu.

The increasing number of medicos getting affected by the virus exposes the casual approach of the authorities to ensure safety of the medical staff who deal with such cases.

While the staff members — including doctors and paramedics who are on duty in the Emergency ward, the isolation ward, the screening ward and the sample collection area — are advised to wear the special N-95 mask, most of them do not wear it, saying it is very uncomfortable to wear it all the time.

Also, most of these staff members did not even get themselves vaccinated for the prevention of the flu.

A senior faculty member of GMCH-32 said, "We have provided the staff with the masks and had also issued circulars to get themselves vaccinated. But we cannot force the doctors to wear the masks or get the vaccination. After all, they are well aware of such hazards."

This year, 25 cases have been reported from the city alone while two deaths have happened so far. While 152 cases were reported and seven people died in 2009, H1N1 virus claimed one life in 2010.

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