Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

As many as 130 frontline workers of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar have tested positive for Covid-19 in the ongoing third wave of the pandemic so far, affecting the services.

As per reports, the frontline workers who tested positive include as many as 40 doctors, 30 staff nurse, 4o laboratory technicians and more than 15 pharmacists.

“As many of our frontline workers have tested positive for Covid-19, the services in the hospital has been severely affected. We are forced to run the hospital with less number of staff,” said Capital Hospital Director Laxmidhar Sahoo.

“Considering the unprecedented situation arising out of the pandemic, we have decided to close the OPD of the hospital in the afternoon,” said Sahoo adding that the OPD is open for patients from 8 am to 1 pm only.

Notably, more than 300 cases of Covid-19 infection have been reported at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar in the last couple of weeks. The infected employees at the State’s premier medical institute include, nurses and other paramedical staff. 

Odisha on Thursday reported 10,368 new Covid-19 cases, including 1,090 cases from 0-18 age group, and seven deaths. With this, the cumulative positive tally in the State rose to 11,77,462  while the death toll surged to 8,501 in the State.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)