Waterlogged campus at SSG Hospital in Vadodara
Vadodara: Raising concerns regarding health of warriors who are in the frontline in the battle against Covid-19, as many as 11 resident doctors of SSG Hospital have tested positive in the last two days.
Sources said that while six resident doctors of a single unit of orthopaedic department have tested positive, five others from paediatric department have also tested positive.
The number of resident doctors testing positive at SSG Hospital, Central Gujarat’s biggest government hospital, has seen a sharp rise in last one week.
Although the authorities are yet to compile and make public the exact number of resident doctors who have tested positive so far, sources said the number of such infected residents and consultants could have well surpassed 30 in the pandemic.
Last month, a majority of resident doctors and consultants who had tested positive were the ones who were sent on deputation to Ahmedabad civil hospital.
But now, even those resident doctors who are not assigned Covid-19 duties are testing positive. Even family members of a resident doctor working with the orthopaedic department, have also tested positive.
Sources said all resident doctors are being referred to different hospitals. Absence of a uniform policy or arrangements by the hospital administration and the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is also adding to the woes of infected resident doctors. “We are struggling to make proper arrangements for them,” a senior doctor told TOI.
“On one hand, we have to continue our OPDs, OTs, handle even non-Covid patients and on the other hand we are turning handicapped for want of resident doctors, who are the backbone of this hospital. Unlike Ahmedabad, they are not provided proper accommodation.”
Last month, the resident doctors had made representation before hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Rajeev Daveshwar demanding hotel accommodation like Ahmedabad. “After that, they made an arrangement with a private resort. But it is on the outskirts of the city. and we were told to make our own travel arrangements,” said a resident doctor.
Despite repeated attempts, Daveshwar could not be contacted for comments.