Dr. Shashi Sudan, Principal, GMC Jammu says that proper efforts are being made to make a roster of doctors and medical personnel while continuing with emergency services, but medical personnel in almost all major departments have been infected.
In the midst of the third wave of Covid, the doctors and para medical personnel who are rapidly getting infected in Jammu and Kashmir are becoming a challenge in the management of Covid patient medical care. So far, more than one thousand doctors and para-medical staff have been infected in the health centers of the Department of Health and Medical Education. Due to which emergency services after routine surgery in medical centers can also be endangered.
About five hundred such workers have been infected in GMC Jammu and associated hospitals alone. This includes Registrar, Faculty, Para Medical personnel etc. More than 400 health workers have been infected in Kashmir and this figure is increasing rapidly. Emergency services can also be affected along with the upcoming routine due to the arrival of doctors and para medical personnel in the grip of this infection. This makes it difficult to keep staff ready for emergency management.
In GMC Jammu and associated hospitals, 11 out of 33 PGs have been infected and most of them are related to theater management. Similarly, 5-6 resident doctors, three faculty members and other para medical staff have been infected.
A large number of PGs are also infected from the Department of Major Anesthesia for theater management, who are directly associated with the patient. In the ortho department of GMC itself, 22 medical personnel have been infected. In the associated hospitals, 30-40 percent of the medical staff mainly in Medicine, Ortho, Surgery, ENT, Gynecology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Nephrology, CTBS etc. have been affected by the infection. Although routine surgery has been stopped in view of such circumstances, but even in emergency surgery management, due to the infection of a large number of staff, further difficulties may increase.
Due to the high positivity rate in various districts of Kashmir, the medical staff along with the common people have come under rapid infection. In Jammu division, the positivity rate in district Jammu has reached near 6 for the first time and here also the medical staff in various hospitals is getting infected continuously. Though some pre-scheduled routine surgeries have been done in some departments of GMC on Monday, but no registration is being done for new routine surgeries.
Dr. Shashi Sudan, Principal, GMC Jammu says that proper efforts are being made to make a roster of doctors and medical personnel while continuing with emergency services, but medical personnel in almost all major departments have been infected. In this, the infected worker is kept in isolation for at least seven days. According to Dr. Salim Khan, Professor and HOD, Department of Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar, 405 doctors, MBBS students and para medical staff have been infected so far. This includes 145 doctors, 130 MBBS students and 130 para medical staff.
Professor's wife and son infected, themselves isolated
The son and wife of a professor of the Ortho Department of GMC Jammu got infected but they were also forced to isolate. The situation is similar in many other departments as well, where children and other members of medical staff have come under the grip of infection. In these circumstances, along with departmental work, mental pressure has increased. In this, they have to provide medical care to covid and non covid patients along with taking care of their family members.