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COVID-19: Bhubaneswar Hospitals to prepare database of healthcare workers living in slums

Bhubaneswar: With COVID-19 cases rising and health workers getting infected in the line of duty, the officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday issued guidelines for private hospital staff and other workers.

Taking note of the fact that some health workers of private hospitals and nursing homes staying in several slums have tested positive for COVID-19, BMC today directed such healthcare establishments to maintain an exclusive employee database.

The database of employees, who are mostly residing in slum areas of BMC, will be prepared.

“About one-third of the population of BMC is staying in slum areas and social distancing is practically not possible because of small houses and high population density. Frequent movement of hospital staff to slum areas poses risk of spread of the virus,” BMC statement read.

As per BMC officials, the private hospitals and nursing homes have been asked to ensure that the employees residing in slum areas need to be kept in shift for 14 days. The hospital authorities will make necessary accommodation arrangementsfor such employees within their hospital premises.

After the 14 days shift, the set of employees will only be relieved of their duties if their COVID-19 test reports comes negative.

The next set of employees will then be given duties and the same procedure will be adopted if the next set of employees also belong to slum areas.

In the notification, BMC has also asked all the private hospitals and nursing homes to nominate an officer from their organization as nodal officer and share their name, designation and contact number along with the preliminary shift arrangement.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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