Even as hospitals across Pune have seen their healthcare workers getting infected with the transmissible Covid variant, officials have said that the reduction in the quarantine period coupled with a low rate of hospitalizations has ensured that services are affected. are not.
In Sahyadri hospitals, with a staff strength of around 2,000 people in eight units, of which six are in Pune and one each in Nashik and Karad, around 120 people have tested positive for Covid in the past few weeks.
These include nurses, paramedical support staff, resident doctors, administrative staff and consultant doctors, Sahyadri Hospital chief executive officer Abrali Dalal said.
“Unlike the earlier two waves where our units were full of patients, thankfully this time the hospitalization rate is low. Also, services are not affected,” he said.
However, the number of planned surgeries has declined. For example, at Noble Hospital, there is a 50 percent reduction in planned surgeries. “At least 78 employees are Covid affected. Some have recovered and returned to work. But the number of planned surgeries has decreased. Now only eight to 10 surgeries are being performed as against over 20 surgeries every day,” said Dr HK Sale, executive director of the hospital.
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital officials said that patients were also requesting them to postpone the date of surgery. “There is some concern among the patients as they do not want to come to the hospital for pre-planned procedures,” said an official. Officials from Bharti Hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic and others have also said that each staff member was affected by more than 100 COVID-19 cases.
Dr Sanjay Lalwani, Medical Director, Bharti Hospital said that out of 100 COVID infections, at least 50 per cent are of medicos, while the rest are nurses, paramedical, technical staff and attendants.
“We are allowing them seven-day quarantine. That too will loosen up over time because so many people are getting infected. According to the rules, if a health worker has fever (not fever) for three days, he can join duty by wearing a mask. While surgical OPDs have less number of patients, routine ones have patients with symptoms of cold and cough,” said Dr Lalwani.
Dr Parag Sancheti, Chairman and Managing Director of Sancheti Hospital said that at least 15 doctors are under quarantine and 20 staff are affected. “While trauma patients and road accident cases are coming to the emergency room, we have seen many patients canceling prior appointments for OPD consultations. However, the doctors in the hospital have returned to work after four-five days of rest. We are taking necessary precautions,” he said.
At Ruby Hall Clinic, Medical Superintendent Dr Avadhoot Bodumvad said that at least 100 staff members, including doctors and nurses, have tested positive in the past few weeks. “However, not a single employee had severe symptoms or required ICU management,” he said.
According to a report by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department, 3,959 persons tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, taking the total number of active cases in the city to 35,073. Health officials said 3,978 beds with oxygen support and 484 beds with ventilator support were vacant.
Study to assess clinical symptoms in hospitalized people omicron patients
BJ Medical College (BJMC) and Sassoon General Hospital have initiated a study to assess clinical symptoms in over 100 patients hospitalized due to the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus.
The initial study was mainly limited to international travelers and their contacts, and symptoms were mild. Some patients were also asymptomatic. BJMC, which has an ICMR-accredited laboratory, has so far tested over 6.8 lakh samples for COVID-19 testing and genome sequencing.
Presently 177 Kovid affected patients are admitted in Sassoon General Hospital. Of these, 15 patients are on ventilator support. “We are trying to get a clear idea of the clinical presentation of hospitalized Omicron patients. Genome sequencing of clinically relevant patients has been performed. More than 100 hospitalized patients with the Omicron variant More patients will be monitored and evaluated,” Sassoon Hospital officials said.