As many as 479 persons — staff as well as their dependents – have tested positive for Covid-19 at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi.
As per reports, as on May 30, a total of 479 people tested positive for the deadly virus.
“This includes two faculty members, 17 resident doctors, 38 nursing staff, 74 security staff and hospital attendants each and 54 sanitation staff,” said an official.
He said the number also includes 14 labs, x-ray and other technical staff while the number of others (dependents) stood at 193.
AIIMS has now started testing most patients before admission to wards and before taking to OTs.
“A new rapid test, called CBNAAT, which gives results in 2 hours is now available at AIIMS. This may help to reduce exposure of healthcare workers in hospitals. Last month and before, very few patients and with symptoms were tested. Many patients tested positive in wards when they were tested in view of symptoms,” said the source.
He also added that the new machine for testing is available for Emergency department too, so that emergency patients can be tested.
On May 25, a senior sanitation supervisor posted at Rajkumari Amrit Kaur in the AIIMS had died from Covid-19.
A mess worker of the AIIMS also lost his life due to the disease on May 22.