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TN to identify teams to work in isolation wards on rotation

An isolation ward at the Government hospital in Ramanathapuram. File.

An isolation ward at the Government hospital in Ramanathapuram. File.   | Photo Credit: Speial Arrangement

In a circular, the government has asked deans and heads of institutions to strictly adhere to guidelines while posting doctors and paramedics

In a bid to protect the healthcare providers from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all deans and heads of government medical institutions have been asked to identify a team of doctors, staff nurses and paramedical staff to work in isolation wards in rotation for a period of four to seven days.

In a circular issued to deans of medical college hospitals and joint directors of health services, the State’s Emergency Operation Control Room of the Health and Family Welfare Department, has said that persons with symptoms of COVID-19 were being admitted and taken care of in government medical institutions.

Medical and paramedical staff in these institutions were more likely to be exposed to the infection, and there was a risk of transmission. The heads of institutions were instructed to strictly adhere to certain guidelines while posting doctors and paramedics at isolation wards.

A team of doctors, staff nurses and paramedical staff should preferably be identified to work at a stretch for four to seven days in isolation wards in rotation. They will not be allowed to return to their homes every day as there is a possibility of spreading infection to their homes and community. So, necessary arrangements for providing accommodation in any hostel/quarters on the hospital premises should be done for them during their duty at isolation wards.

Strict disinfection protocols should be followed in the places of stay. After their turn is over, a fresh team already identified should be posted, the circular said.

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