In Chennai Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital RGGH dean, Dr R. Jayanthi is believed to be mildly infected by Covid-19 virus and has been advised home quarantine, sources said.
In an order dated on June 12, Director of Medical Education Dr R Narayanababu has appointed Dr K Narayanasamy as the dean of MMC and RGGGH, with immediate effect until further orders.
Dr Narayanababu told media that Dr Jayanthi was feeling unwell since last week and she has gone on leave. “Her health condition is not related to COVID. It is not sure when she would return,’’ he added.
According to the order, Dr Narayanasamy has been vested with full administrative and financial powers exercised by a Dean of the hospital.
ADMK party government headed by Edapadai Palanisamy has been facing strong criticism not only by Opposition leader DMK party Cheif M.K. Stalin over COVID-19 management but also section of media and few NGOs includes Arapoor Iyakkam Exposed the false death figure given by Government agencies Pursuant to this In the recent developments, Dr J Radhakrishnan had replaced Dr Beela Rajesh as Health Secretary
Currently Chennai become fastest spread of Corona virus , and this made vulnerability of frontline workers led by doctors fighting Covid-19 yet again came to the fore with 142 doctors including 40 postgraduate students drafted for coronavirus duty at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGH) here in the last one week, taking ill.
Besides doctors, nurses, health workers, para-medics, ward boys and doctors on non-Covid duty also face this risk.
A 54-year-old nursing superintendent at RGGH also succumbed to the virus, as a result of repeat infection after she was cured, a late night report said.
Mystified by 277 persons missing from various quarantine centres in the city, the Chennai Corporation has asked Cyber crime police to probe the matter, even as nine persons who walked out of their ‘home quarantine’ in hotspot of Tondairpet were sent to institutional quarantine.
The death reports of the 38 fatalities due to Covid-19 confirmed today, Of the 38 casualties, a majority of 31 suffered from co-morbidities, the Health department report confirms .
This disconcerting development unfolded, even as Tamil Nadu on Sunday added 1,974 new Covid-19 positive cases to take the total to 44,661. While of the fresh cases, Chennai alone added 1,415 , the total death toll due to the virus touched an alarming level of 435 with 38 more deaths- the highest so far confirmed on a single day in the past 13 weeks- due to the virus.
Though other government and private hospitals also face this risk, the relatively cramped space at RGGH where the number of beds have been increased to 400, is partly responsible for this development, sources said.
To mitigate the risk factor doctors at RGGH, who work on two daily shifts, are split into different groups and one group after a week are sent for ‘home quarantine’ as a precautionary measure, to help improve their immunity with nutritional supplements and rest .. a week after that, the first group return to duty and the cycle continues.
This gives them enough time-leg to overcome the mild infections of Covid-19 and there was no cause for alarm, the sources pointed out.
Corona virus watchful spread area other than Chennai includes Mohan Kumaramangalam government hospital in Salem for instance, the wife of a 43-year-old sanitary worker of a family of four who had all tested positive for coronavirus, died on Sunday.
Thirty others working in that ward in which the woman died, have now been “isolated”, Salem hospital sources said.
In another sad development, Covid-19 claimed the life of a policeman, a special sub-inspector in Chennai who died in Kancheepuram, sources said.