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621 doctors, healthcare workers in Ludhiana contracted Covid while on duty: Report

Among these doctors, 34 worked at government hospitals, while 16 were from private healthcare facilities
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohit Khanna, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 10:14 PM IST

A report released by the Ludhiana health department revealed that 621 healthcare workers have contracted Covid-19 while treating patients so far.

Of the 621 infected healthcare workers, the report mentioned, 50 were doctors.

Among these doctors, 34 worked at government hospitals, while 16 were from private healthcare facilities.

Apart from doctors, 571 infected healthcare workers included nurses, housekeeping staff and class-IV employees.

While 440 such staffers belonged to private hospitals, 131 caregivers worked at government hospitals.

Ludhiana civil surgeon Rajesh Bagga, while praising the doctors and healthcare workers, said, “I have no words to express my gratitude to the doctors and paramedical staff. Initially, some private hospitals were not attending to patients, and it was then the doctors at government healthcare facilities came forward and started offering treatment. We knew a little about the virus then. Several of our doctors got infected and fell ill. But after recovering from the disease, they again joined the duty and started serving the humanity.”

‘Treating a patient in such circumstances ain’t easy’

“Dr Bandeep Singh, Dr Amanpreet Kaur, Dr Anmol Rattan, Dr Varun Bansal and Dr Ankit, the list of doctors is long and I am sorry that I could only name a few. But my heart fills with pride on seeing their dedication and devotion. Treating a patient, while knowing that one could get infected, is not easy,” Dr Bagga added.

The civil surgeon said the list of doctors and paramedical staffers who tested positive for Covid-19 was compiled to find out the reason as to how they contracted the virus.

“There were multiple reasons. Besides working in hospitals, the healthcare workers and doctors had been also visiting the field to collect samples of patients. Despite being attacked and facing hostilities from people who were against offering samples, the doctors and paramedical staff did not deter. If the fresh Covid infections have reached a plateau and are on a decline, the credit should also be given to these heroes,” he added.

As per the civil surgeon, in majority of the cases, it was seen that the healthcare workers caught the infection from their spouses or while eating during a gathering.

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