As the number of coronavirus positive cases in the national capital continues to rise, senior-most doctors of some of the top hospitals have been tested positive for COVID-19. The latest to be infected with the deadly virus is the medical director of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital – Delhi government’s largest hospital.
Dr Suresh Kumar was appointed the medical director of the COVID-19-dedicated facility on May 17. Two other staff members have also been tested positive.
“His sample was taken yesterday (Friday). He has tested positive. Two other staff members have also tested positive,” a senior official said.
According to officials, there is always a risk for doctors at LNJP hospital because it is a dedicated facility for coronavirus patients with 2,000 beds. According to the Delhi health department bulletin released on Friday, 607 COVID-19-positive patients are admitted there, and 28 are in the ICU.
Meanwhile, Dr AK Jain, dean of University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) at GTB hospital, has also been tested positive. According to reports, his personal assistant has also contracted the disease.
The report comes a day after, the government earmarked 500 beds in GTB hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. “The block where his office is located has been sealed,” a senior doctor from GTB said.
Earlier on May 24, the Dean of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital was tested positive for the contagious disease.
Dr Rajeev Sood, who was looking after the management of COVID workers at the hospital, was then admitted to Max Smart Super Specialty hospital. So far over 30 healthcare workers from the RML hospital have tested positive for the disease.
“I have fever and mild upper respiratory infection and got myself tested for Covid-19…it came out positive. I am under home isolation now,” Dr Sood, who is also the head of the department of urology, had said.
Overall, around 600 frontline warriors across the city have been infected. The national capital has reported over 17,000 coronavirus positive cases so far.