Pradeep Singh

Burla: As many as nine doctors of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. As per reports, PG doctors or House Surgeons are among the infected.

VIMSAR Director Lalit Kumar Meher today informed about the development and said that the outpatient department (OPD) of the medicine ward at the hospital will remain shut for a day for sanitisation purpose.

He said that a decision on further extending the shutdown of the OPD will be taken only after a review meeting which is scheduled to be held today. Meanwhile, all the doctors have been reportedly sent on isolation and the administration has begun contact tracing.

Several medical staff of VIMSAR had earlier tested positive for the virus following which the OPDs and routine surgery were suspended till July 26. Prior to that hospital authorities had closed OPDs and routine surgery for five days from July 15 to 19 after a PG student and a nurse, deployed at central intensive care unit (ICU), tested positive for the virus.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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