Naygarh: Healthcare professionals who are leading the battle against Covid-19 from the frontline are now falling prey to the disease in Odisha with reports of a doctor and a nurse testing positive for the virus on Monday.
According to sources, a doctor and a nurse of Nayagarh district headquarters hospital have been found positive for coronavirus. The duo has been shifted to SUM COVID hospital in Bhubaneswar after their swab samples tested positive for the virus, informed Nayagarh Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Sudhanshu Sarangi.
“Both the doctor and the nurse were asymptomatic. Other doctors and nurses of the hospital who had come in contact with them have been placed under quarantine. Besides, the surgery ward of the hospital has been sealed and sanitised,” the CDMO said.
This is not the first time the frontline warriors in the State infected with the virus. Earlier, two doctors of Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) who were on COVID duty were tested positive for coronavirus on June 7.
Similarly, six Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi workers, sanitary staff and volunteers who were engaged in two temporary medical camps in Kendrapara district tested positive for COVID-19 on May 31.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally in the State is inching closer to 3000-mark. The total number of coronavirus cases in Odisha rose to 2994 with 138 new Covid-19 positive cases on Monday.
The State also witnessed 99 more COVID-19 patients recovering from the disease on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries in the State to 1993. The active cases in the State now stand at 990 with 1993 recoveries while nine persons have succumbed to the disease so far.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)