Nurses In Odisha Hospital Seek COVID Test After Colleagues Test Positive
Balasore: Palpable tension prevailed at Balasore COVID hospital after some nurses staged a demonstration today. The nurses were demanding immediate COVID-19 test as two of their colleagues tested positive recently.
According to the agitating nurses, they were forced to stage a demonstration as the authorities denied COVID test.
“Already two of our colleagues have tested positive for COVID-19 and we want that our swab samples to be collected for tests. Similarly, we are demanding pay equivalent of what is being given to nurses engaged for COVID testing,” said an agitating nurse.
According to the nurses, they have already completed 15-day duty and the authorities have informed that swabs will only be collected for symptomatic cases.
Balasore Collector, K Sudarshan Chakraborty informed that two nurses engaged in COVID hospital have contracted infection and both of them have now kept in isolation in COVID hospital.
“The swab samples of the two nurses were collected after they developed symptoms. Later, their reports came positive for COVID-19. As per protocol, the first batch of doctors, nurses and other paramedic staff are now on 14-day quarantine,” said Chakraborthy.
(Edited by Bikram Jena)