“It’s not the virus that we are worried about. It’s the apathy of the government and the AIIMS administration that worries us,” says Dr. Srinivas Rajkumar T, a physician at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, the country’s top medical institution.
“If this continues, we will be short of HCWs to treat patients. Since March we have been writing and fighting for the safety of hostel premises, poor sanitation, lack of proper quarantine protocol, and need for adequate testing,” said Dr. Rajkumar who is a General Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors (RDA), AIIMS Delhi.
As many as 11 healthcare workers, including two resident doctors, tested positive for the COVID-19 at AIIMS on Friday. This takes the total number of infections in the hospital to 206 including MBBS students, resident doctors, nurses, and mess workers.
“The N95 masks do not meet even MOHFW safety standards forget international standards. Our relentless pursuit of resident welfare has been met with threats of FIR from administration and attempts to jeopardize the career of RDA executives by the administration,” added Dr. Srinivas.
But the hospital has refuted allegations, saying the N95 masks and PPE kits were in accordance with the standards set by the government.
One of the AIIMS’ sanitation supervisors, who had tested positive, died on Sunday, while a mess worker at the AIIMS had succumbed to the disease last week.