Nagpur Stares Down Coronavirus Emergency After 9 Doctors Quarantined

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A file photo of Thermal screening being conducted on passengers in Nagpur Railway station
A file photo of Thermal screening being conducted on passengers in Nagpur Railway station

NAGPUR, Maharashtra: Nine doctors have been placed under quarantine in Nagpur’s biggest hospital, the Government Medical College, after a patient who was admitted with cerebrovascular complications hid the fact that his cousin, whom he was in contact with, was being treated for COVID-19. The patient himself tested positive for coronavirus later.

Nagpur GMC, established in 1947, is one of the two nodal hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients in Nagpur, and functions as a regional center for the entire Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

The 44-year-old patient was brought to GMC on Friday after being turned away by a private hospital in the city. A resident doctor at GMC told HuffPost India on condition of anonymity that the patient and his relatives were asked multiple times at the time of admission whether he had come in contact with any COVID-19 patients, as is standard procedure now in government hospitals. However, they denied this.

“Doctors suspected him on Saturday when he showed signs of cough, cold and fever because cerebrovascular patients usually don’t show such symptoms. When the doctors pressed on, he divulged that his cousin had been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Nagpur after being tested positive with coronavirus. At first, everyone present in the ward wanted to thrash him but the doctors present in the ward immediately shifted him to the isolation ward and sent his samples for testing,” said the doctor.

By this time, over 30 employees of GMC, including doctors, nurses and other staff, had come in contact with the patient. On Sunday, the sample results showed that he had tested positive for the highly infectious disease.

The wife and son of the patient have also tested positive for Coronavirus and have been admitted to the GMC.

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