14 health workers infected with coronavirus so far
Kathmandu, June 9
With the nationwide coronavirus tally reaching 4,085, frontline well being employees at excessive danger of contact the an infection.
As per knowledge offered by the Ministry of Health and Population, a complete of 14 well being employees have examined optimistic for the an infection until date. A feminine aged 27 working in a hospital additionally examined optimistic for the an infection.
From amongst well being employees who examined optimistic for the an infection, seven are employees nurses.
Three of them are from Kathmandu and one every from Bhaktapur, Parsa, Dhankuta and Kapilvastu.
Three medical doctors, one every from Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Kavrepalanchowk districts have additionally examined optimistic for the an infection.
The physician, who examined optimistic in Kavrepalanchowk, is a Nepali Army physician.
Three well being employees from Dang and one well being assistant from Arghakhanchi district have additionally examined optimistic for the contagion.
All the well being employees who’ve examined optimistic for the an infection to date are between 22 and 36 years of age. From amongst well being employees testing optimistic for the an infection, seven are males and 7 are females.
According to Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, a complete of three,486 folks have been saved in isolation in varied hospitals after they examined optimistic for coronavirus.
“Hospitals ought to guarantee the protection of well being employees and their staffers by guaranteeing an infection prevention management mechanism within the well being centres,” stated Dr Anup Bastola, guide tropical drugs at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku.
Compared to the variety of medical doctors, extra variety of nurses have contracted the an infection.
“This is as a result of nurses spend extra time with sufferers and are extra uncovered to the virus. When sufferers can’t eat meals on their very own, nurses must feed them when they’re admitted to the isolation ward, which places nurses in danger,” added Dr Bastola.
“Health practitioners shouldn’t expose themselves to sufferers.
They should observe the usual working process whereas attending to their sufferers. Also there must be availability of non-public protecting gear for well being employees as per the requirement. Doctors and nurses should placed on, use, take off, and dispose PPE correctly,” added Dr Bastola.
“Hospital administration ought to give them clear details about methods to forestall an infection. Also the infrastructure within the hospitals must be inbuilt a approach that helps stop coronavirus unfold. For occasion, there must be separate rooms for altering garments,” Dr Bastola added.
According to World Health Organisation, well being employees are on the frontline of the battle in opposition to COVID-19. They are uncovered to hazards corresponding to pathogen publicity, lengthy working hours, psychological misery, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma and bodily and psychological violence.
WHO recommends that well being employees should observe established occupational security and well being procedures, keep away from exposing others to well being and security dangers, and take part in employer-provided occupational security and well being coaching; self-monitor for indicators of sickness and self-isolate and report sickness to managers, if it happens.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 10, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.