Bubonic War: AIIMS Bhubaneswar authorities suspended outpatient services in all specialties and super specialty departments of the hospital from January 17 after 136 staff of the institute including doctors and students were infected with the Covid-19 virus.
Recently, there has been a significant resurgence of positive cases of Covid-19 in Bhubaneswar district. The pandemic affected many of the institution’s residents, faculty, staff and students within a week. The number is gradually increasing day by day. For this reason, AIIMS Bhubaneswar is compelled to suspend outpatient services open to all specialties and super specialty departments temporarily from 17th of this month (Mon) until further requests. The notification from AIIMS Bhubaneswar said patients who registered online can come in their department by showing their online booking number at the entrance gate.
In the absence of outpatient consultation, patients can get advice from doctors through the AIIMS Bhubaneswar ‘Swasthya’ app and telemedicine services (WhatsApp call) from 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday and from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday on all days the work. However, emergency services such as day care, radiotherapy, dialysis, trauma, emergency, emergency surgery, life-saving, telemedicine, tele-consultation, IPD service, Covid vaccination service and immunization for old registered patients will continue as before.
Negative RT-PCR reports of patients and companions were mandatory at the time of IPD admission. Only one companion is allowed for IPD patients.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has asked medical colleges, hospitals, headquarters hospitals, Capital Hospital and Rurcela General Hospital in the state to ease overcrowding in health facilities and ensure that healthcare staff and non-Covid patients are not infected with the COVID-19 virus.
“Unnecessary admission to hospitals should be avoided, all elective surgeries stopped and emergency surgeries should be performed with universal precautions. In outpatient clinics, the medical officer should avoid advising on frequent re-visiting of a patient if not required, and indoors one patient escort is permitted. Dangerous and no companion is allowed to enter the ambulatory patient ward,” as directed.
Due to the rise in cases, the MBBS examination scheduled to take place at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Burla on Saturday has been postponed. Five doctors, medical students and 10 patients at the healthcare facility have tested positive for Covid so far.
At Fakirmohan Medical College and Balasore District Hospital, 43 MBBS students have tested positive for Covid.
The state reported more than 10,000 cases on Saturday for the third day in a row. On Saturday, Odisha reported 10,856 cases with a TPR of 14.5%.