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Sharmili Mallick

Cuttack: Tension prevailed at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (ARHCC) in Cuttack on Sunday night after 38 persons who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 reportedly opposed their shifting to dedicated Covid hospital.

The video of the incident has gone viral on various social media platforms today. In the viral video, the Covid-19 patients were seen creating ruckus and threatening to touch others when NDRF buses reached the hospital for shifting them to COVID hospital.

The Covid-19 patients alleged that they contracted the virus due to the mismanagement by the ARHCC authorities and refused to leave the hospital.

After several hours of protest, the Covid-19 patients finally agreed to be shifted to the COVID hospital following intervention of police and the concerned hospital authorities. Subsequently, they were transferred to dedicated Covid hospitals for treatment.

With the detection of 38 new coronavirus cases in ARHCC on Saturday, the Covid-19 cases tally in the hospital rose to 111 in the past 10 days.

ARHCC witnessed its first Covid case on June 24 when a patient from Ganjam district admitted to the hospital on June 19 tested positive for the virus. Later two nurses who had come in contact with him were also found infected with the virus.

On July 29, six persons including four patients, one attendant and a staffer of an Aahar centre inside the ARHCC premises had tested positive. The six cases came a day after the two nurses of the hospital tested positive for coronavirus.

On last Thursday, as many as 55 persons including 18 cancer patients, 36 attendants and a staff nurse of the hospital had tested positive for the virus.

Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani said the incident was a fallout of altercation between the patients and the team engaged in shifting them to Covid hospitals. "The issue has been resolved and all the infected persons have been shifted from ARHCC to different Covid hospitals."

Asked about the allegations of mismanagement of Covid-19 patients at ARHCC, the Collector said, “Those testing positive for the infection are being immediately isolated. However, we are investigating the matter and any if any lapses come to our notice, we will take appropriate steps.”

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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