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Covid norms flouted in GMC Jammu, attendants walking in without any restriction

Jammu: Hundreds of lives have been put at risk following an open violation of covid norms by the attendants in Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here.

At a time while police and the district authorities have been stringent in ensuring that the people maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some people refuse to take covid norms seriously, thus posing threat to the lives of hundreds of people around.

Visuals released by Times Now from inside 24×7 high-density ward for covid positive patients at GMC hospital here present a disconcerting picture, with attendants and visitors can be seen loitering inside the ward without proper paraphernalia.

Covid norms are openly flouted in GMC hospital and officials seem to be turning a blind eye to this serious concern. There is no security guard outside the dependency ward to keep a check on the entry of visitors.

This has raised questions about the safety measures at the isolation wards and other areas inside and around the hospital.

Here in this video, you can see how attendants without a proper mask and PPT kits are moving freely in high dependency ward where COVID patients are kept.

”These attendants frequently move in and out and can pose threat to the lives of hundreds of people around,” said one of the patients expressing concern.

Even as the coronavirus cases are rising at an alarming rate, some persons are yet to take the COVID practices seriously. More than 70 people have died in Jammu and Kashmir during the last 72 hours and more than 20,000 have tested positive.

As per norms, entry to Covid-19 hospital wards and isolation facilities is strictly barred, even to the families of the patients, to prevent the spread of infection.

“Open movement of visitors can pose threat to patients who are already infected and can also carry virus from inside and spread it to others,” said one of the doctors.

Visitors can also be seen coming to the hospital with food for those under quarantine and those bringing packaged food on bikes, with no checking at the hospital entrance.

Besides this, visitors are allowed to go inside covid wards to hand out the food packages. Children as young as 6-7 years can also be seen playing around in the hospital premises with no masks.

What is more shocking and a matter of concern is that there is no security guard outside any of these wards to prevent visitors from going in. “It is free for all. Anybody can any time barge inside covid ward without any hassle,” said one of the patients.

Another risk is specific to the sanitary workers. While doctors, lab technicians and other medical personnel are seen wearing proper bodysuits and personal protective equipment, the sanitary workers just have a mask.

These workers not only clean the premises, including laboratories and quarantine facilities but also dispose of the biomedical waste at the hospital. Their safety protocol seems to be inadequate.



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