42 doctors of Pune’s Dr DY Patil hospital test negative for Covid-19
The hospital at Pimpri had quarantined 92 of its staffers, shut down its surgical unit and fumigated the entire hospital after the patient, who underwent an emergency surgery, tested positive for Covid -19.Updated: Apr 07, 2020 11:05 IST
The test reports of 42 doctors quarantined at Dr DY Patil Hospital, Pimpri, came negative on Monday night. The doctors, along with 50 para-medical staff, were placed under observation after a trauma patient they attended to was reported positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
The hospital at Pimpri had quarantined 92 of its staffers, shut down its surgical unit and fumigated the entire hospital after the patient, who underwent an emergency surgery, tested positive for Covid -19.
“It is a big relief for us after we received the NIV (National Institute of Virology) reports. The families and management were worried after the patient was tested positive,” said an official spokesperson of DY Patil Hospital management.
Jitendra Bhawalkar, dean, Dr DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, said, “A 30-year-old man, residing at Khadki, Pune, was admitted to the emergency section after having blood trauma on March 31. Immediate surgery was performed on him and, on April 2, he developed fever. The doctors got suspicious and his samples were sent for testing to NIV (National Institute of Virology) on April 3. He tested positive for Covid-19 on April 4.”
Bhawalkar said the patient was immediately shifted to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital in Pimpri. “We then tried to find out all those who had come in contact with the man and quarantined our 42 doctors and 50 para-medical staff as a precautionary measure.”
The surgical unit of the hospital was shut down and fumigation of the entire hospital was carried out in view of the high exposure to the Covid-19 patients, he said.
Recently, YCM Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr DY Patil Medical College Hospital to shift all non-Covid-19 patients from YCMH to DY Patil Hospital after the civic body decided to reserve the 750-bed YCMH exclusively to treat Covid -19 cases.
Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar had said that the swab tests of the 42 medical staffers who came in direct contact with the man were sent to NIV for testing.