Agartala, May 7 : With the recent spurt of Covid-19 positive cases in Tripura, All Tripura Govt Doctors Association (ATGDA) asked the state government to immediately close all the outpatient departments (OPD) in Agartala Govt Medical College (AGMC) to prevent the risk of infection of disease from the hospital. In a letter to Director Health Service, ATGDA – the umbrella organisation of the doctors serving in public healthcare institutions advised the government to establish a dedicated Covid hospital in an isolated place and shift the Covid treatment from AGMC.
They also proposed two isolated complexes in nearby areas. As per the health ministry guideline, no main hospital can be made for Covid treatment but the state government had flouted the direction and upper portion of a most accessed building was meant for Covid treatment without adequate facilities, which has been a point of agony for the doctors, staff and patients of AGMC. The state government had repeatedly ignored the demand of the experts for not setting up Covid care hospital in AGMC but after shifting of as many as 62 BSF personnel and their family members infected with Covid-19 in the hospital, tension runs high among the indoor patients, doctors, paramedical staff, sweepers and security guards apprehending it’s spread in the college.
AGMC is the only well equipped and dependable healthcare establishment of Tripura and more than 2,000 patients with different ailments have been treated in the hospital but after making it a Covid hospital, sufferings of the common patients increased to manifolds. The hospital staffs including doctors have become vulnerable to Covid infection, as hospital waste of Covid patients was also reportedly disposed of together. “The liquid waste of entire hospital including Covid section are being released openly without proper treatment in a ditch, which has also increased the risk of infections among the people living outside AGMC,” said a senior medical officer of AGMC and added the matter was discussed at several levels, no effective action was taken yet.
ATGDA further proposed that as long as corona infected patients are being treated in AGMC all other routine services in the hospital should be stopped. They reiterated to ensure the quality PPEs, face shields, sanitizers, and medications in view of an increasing number of Covid patients in the state. The doctors and medical staff of Tripura Medical College have to be included in the Covid treatment team, as they have also been getting benefits like government doctors, the letter added. (UNI)