PESHAWAR: After 16 health staff, half of them physicians, became contaminated with coronavirus, Khyber Teaching Hospital closed a ward as the pandemic began to strike health personnel in the province due to failure to comply with normal operating procedures.
According to studies by the health department, infection rates in educational institutions and the general population are also rising compared to the last few days.
Sources told this scribe that on October 29, due to the diagnosis of physicians , nurses and paramedics with coronavirus, the administration shut the surgical B ward at KTH. They said that the infection was infecting other workers as well.
Eight more gynae ward workers tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, causing the head of the unit to urge the administration to strictly follow the one-patient one-parent scheme as the primary cause of the spread of the virus was the overcrowded conditions at the hospital.
Pandemic threatens to affect health professionals in KP Khyber
As far as the avoidance of the virus was concerned, the doctors said that the condition in OPDs, wards and elsewhere in the hospital was not unsatisfactory.
They said that it was not possible for the administration, specifically those going to the gynae clinic, to deny care to individuals because they were emergency cases, but there should be strict limits on one patient accompanying one attendant.
Sources suggested that even certain health workers did not stick to SOPs, such as observing social isolation, wearing a face mask and washing hands, which was perhaps one of the reasons why health workers became increasingly contagious.
Among healthcare staff, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 8,436 cases, the most in the world.
Since the pandemic began in February, 2,512 health personnel, including 1,080 physicians, 1,059 other staff and 373 nurses, have been affected by the virus, according to a survey by the World Health Organisation.
As 21 people have died of the infection, the death rate among health workers is also high. The figure is second only to Sindh, where the virus has caused 34 health professionals to fall prey.
As health workers remain vulnerable to the virus, the WHO’s initiative to make KTH and Saidu Community of Hospitals centres of excellence for infection control and prevention should be implemented.
According to Islamabad-based experts from the World Health Organization, the two hospitals should be provided with training on how to remain away from infection and keep hospitals free from infection.
The employees of these two hospitals should educate other health professionals after obtaining training to bring infection prevention measures in motion, they added.
The employees also required instruction on how to use personal protective equipment (PPEs) to remain healthy from infection since many health workers contracted Covid-19 despite the use of protective equipment such as glows, gowns, gloves, displays, goggles, etc., during the continuing pandemic Khyber.
Out of a total of 78, 465 school examinations, 938 have tested positive for the virus since the 15th of last month. 140 infections were reported on Tuesday and 100 were recorded a day earlier. Similarly, on Monday, the positive figure was 1.29 per cent, which increased to 1.33 per cent on Tuesday.
The general population condition is also reflective of an upsurge, as the province reported 100 new infections on Monday, which leapt to 140 cases on Tuesday. So far, 39,889 cases have been reported in the province and 1,281 have died because of the infection.
Published in Dharti News, November 4th, 2020