As per information by the Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman Warr, 40 health care workers are presently infected by the COVID 19 virus, while two have succumbed so far in Meghalaya. Admitting that there may be some breach that has led to the health care workers get affected, Dr Warr ruled out any lapses as he said the hospitals are not to be blamed.
Dr, Warr said that maybe in the process of providing care, there is a breach, and that is how they got infected.
Stating that the hospitals are the safest place, he said that the health workers also sometimes have to go out, they have to go for marketing, so in the process, they mingle with a lot of people so can't exactly blame it is from the hospital it can be from anywhere.
Whereas in this period of COVID, a health worker cannot work from home. There is no way to work from home. They have to be there physically. Sometimes what happens is that we have casualties. These things happen. It is not solely with COVID, but it is with other diseases too. That is a difficulty we constantly face as health workers, right from the doctors down to the helpers. It is a challenge for us.
He, however, asserted that the staff take maximum precautions to see that the transmission of diseases is prevented and avoided.
Admitting that there may be some breach that has led to the health care workers get affected, Dr Warr ruled out any lapses as he said the hospitals are not to be blamed.
While clarifying that the staff nurse of Ganesh Das hospital who succumbed to the Covid-19 infection was not doing Covid duties, DHS (MI), Dr Aman Warr, highlighted that in the health sector now, we have a shortage of helping hands. It is possible that in a particular hospital when an employee has already given the information that she is carrying, such health workers are not put on duty in the COVID sector.
The nurse who passed away was never put on COVID 19 duty and was operating in the general ward as per the doctor. Presently, the health department has written to the State Government that they are absent from the duty and in their place put a replacement, to which the Government has agreed.
On the assistance to be provided to the bereaved family of the staff nurse, he said that they have insurance of Rs 50 lakh besides the ex gratia payment, including other facilities, which they get from the state government.
Health Minister AL Hek on Monday assured to seek a report on the unexpected demise of a staff nurse of Ganesh Das Hospital on Sunday.
Reportedly, the nurse who died of COVID 19 was six and half months pregnant.
Hek told reporters that he received the information and they are going to seek a report on what situation and what is the cause of the nurses' death.