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Docs fear new discharge policy could spawn super spreaders

May 28, 2020 05:48 AM


Docs fear new discharge policy could spawn super spreaders


Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, were on Tuesday forced to destroy samples of patients they had tested before discharging them, raising concerns among doctors that the revised discharge guidelines could end up turning some patients as super spreaders as reports too are not shared with them.

Out of 33 patients who were to be discharged on Tuesday, four had tested positive again. They were not released. However, the UT administration told the doctors to discharge them soon without any further test.

UT adviser Manoj Parida said, “This is not correct. We are following the government’s discharge policy and are for self-monitoring of the domestic travellers.”

At the same time, three residents of Bapu Dham Colony who had Covid-19 were erroneously mixed up with those who were not positive at a quarantine facility at Panjab University hostel on Monday. “On Monday, we were taken by some cops to the university for quarantine as they were counted as contacts of a positive patient. Our report had not come by that time. But after a day, we were again taken to the Government Multi-specialty hospital for sampling, where we were informed that we were positive. So again, we were shifted to Sood Dharamshala,” said a patient.

He said, “When we asked for the report, they didn’t share it. Many residents in the colony have the same issue. We do not have any symptoms and no one gives us the report. How can we believe if we are infected?”

Sources said in this week, over 100 patients will be discharged without tests. “We have been directed to discharge the positive patients in another 2-3 days,” said a doctor. She said, “The sample centre has also been withdrawn from the colony and we have been told to discharge more patients not by testing but by seeing the calendar.”

The three patients are members of the same family in Bapu Dham. They include a 21-year-old son, a 19-year-old daughter and 45-year-old father. When health secretary Arun Gupta was asked about the issue, he replied, “I have no idea about it.”

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