Covid-19 Positive Doctor Treated Patients at GMC Baramulla

MS GMC Baramulla says allegations baseless

Health officials test a patient for Covid-19 at GMC Baramulla - Photo credit: Internet

Baramulla: Panic has gripped the residents of Baramulla district after a junior doctor posted at GMC tested positive for novel Corona-virus. He is believed to have attended hundreds of patients even after his sample was collected for Covid-19 testing on Sunday afternoon.

Official sources said that a junior doctor who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday was working as per the routine roster at GMC Baramulla even after his sample was collected.

A health official posted at GMC Baramulla said that the said doctor was attending Covid-19 patients admitted in isolation ward and was also attending other patients on daily basis as per the routine roaster.

He claimed that the doctor has come in contact with many health workers and other hospital staff at GMC. “He was also offering joint prayers with the staff posted there.”

This has caused fear and panic among the health workers and other staff posted at GMC, fearing that they might have contracted the virus from the doctor.

Meanwhile the officials said that doctors’ wife has also tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, thereby creating more fear among his contacts.

However the medical superintendent, GMC Baramulla, Dr. Syed Masood denied the allegations and said the doctor was not allowed to perform his duty after his sample was collected on Sunday.

"Rumours are being spread about the doctor that he has attended the patients after collection of sample are baseless. He was not allowed to work after his samples was collected instead was put under quarantine,” he said.

Dr, Masood said that over 50 contacts including some health workers have been put under quarantine so far. KNO)

PIL in HC Against Negligence of MS

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been submitted to High Court of Jammu and Kashmir against the alleged negligence of medical Superintendent GMC Baramulla after a doctor tested positive on April 21. The doctor was allegedly allowed to treat patients for three days after undergoing tests for the infection.

The petitioner has sought judicial action, stating that the authorities especially Medical Superintendent of Hospital has played with lives of general public.

Petitioner Suhail Ahmad Lone, from Kanispora, Baramulla has filed the PIL before the court.

In the PIL, the petitioner has stated that the young doctor who tested positive for novel coronavirus on April 21, was allowed to attend the patients even after showing symptoms related to coronavirus and despite giving the samples on April 19.

It says that the doctor was allowed to attend the patient until his sample report was received on Tuesday (April 21), showing his results as positive.

It also states that there is no clue how many person/patients were examined by this doctor from April 19 to April 21 and it is because of irresponsible attitude of Medical Superintendent who despite knowing they have collected samples of doctor, allowed him to work at Hospital which has put life of many in risk and at the same time they are untraceable.

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