Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: A day after two staff nurses of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) in Cuttack tested positive for COVID-19, six more persons including four patients were found to have contracted the virus.

Cuttack CDMO Satyabrata Chhotray informed that apart from four patients, one attendant and a staff of an Aahar centre inside the AHRCC have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two staff nurses of the premier cancer hospital in Cuttack tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Official sources said that the two nurses had come in contact with a cancer patient from Ganjam district who had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 24. The patient was reportedly admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital on June 19.

Both the nurses, a male and a female, have been shifted to a COVID hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the nurses of AHRCC today staged a protest demanding quarantine facilities within the hospital premises. Most of them claimed that they are not feeling safe to return home as they might infect other family members.

“The hospital was not sanitised after two of our colleagues tested positive for COVID-19 and we were asked to join duty,” alleged a staff nurse.

Another staff nurse said that “We are demanding quarantine facility by the hospital as most of us who stay on rent outside are being harassed by house owners. They are asking us for a COVID-19 report.”

Swabs of doctors were collected for testing, but no swab samples were collected from the staff nurses who are more exposed in wards at the hospital, the nurses alleged.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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