Delhi:Over 2.3k healthcare staff infected by Covid, 75 dead; nurses worst hit – ET HealthWorld

Healthcare workers perform a blood test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) . (Representational Image.

New Delhi: A report prepared by the committee of experts headed by Dr VK Paul from Niti Aayog has revealed that till date 2,324 healthcare workers have been affected by the novel coronavirus in the city. The report was submitted to Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday.

Of the affected healthcare workers, 23% were doctors, 34% nurses, 15% paramedics, 18% Group-D staff and 10% other employees. Also, 75 such workers, including 14 doctors, died due to Covid-19. The report, however, did not give separate figures for government and private facilities.

“The increasing mortality in healthcare workers is detrimental to maintaining the morale of these Covid warriors,” stated the committee, advising the government to undertake all efforts to prevent infection in hospitals and laboratories and among field workers engaged in surveys in containment zones.

A source at Lok Nayak Hospital said that the infection rate among healthcare workers there was negligible and only three employees, including one doctor, had died so far. “The protection of healthcare workers fighting the virus on the front line is of utmost importance to us because the recovery of patients depends on their health,” the source added.

An official at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital said no healthcare worker had died and only one security guard had succumbed to Covid-19.

Health minister Satyendar Jain said since healthcare workers were the pillars in the government’s battle against Covid, the AAP government had always kept their health, protection from infection, psycho-social support and comfort on high priority. “We are the country’s only government to provide Rs 1 crore compensation to kin of deceased healthcare staff,” he said.

The committee of experts had recommended providing healthcare workers safety gear, periodic refresher training, fortnightly shift followed by quarantine, monitoring infection rate on a weekly basis, psycho-social counselling and regular audit of facilities, including hospitals and laboratories, for infection prevention and control.

“Delhi government has provided healthcare workers and field staff adequate and quality safety gear and training is organised periodically for their protection from infection,” the minister explained.

Delhi:Over 2.3k healthcare staff infected by Covid, 75 dead; nurses worst hit

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