More than 48 Doctors and postgraduate students have been tested positive for COVID-19 within a week. Of these, 17 are from the Osmania Medical College (OMC). Two doctors from Gandhi Medical College (GMC) also tested positive on Thursday, and the hospital now has four physicians stricken with COVID-19. Five others from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences tested positive, and the number there has gone up to 12. Post-graduate students of medicine, who are the most exposed to COVID-19 patients in the wards, have criticized the government’s handling of the WHO-mandated COVID-19 protocol. They are demanding mass screening of frontline medical staff as they are being exposed to risk but the capacity for testing at some of the premier hospitals in the capital city of Telangana is as little as 120 per day. Telangana is unique among the southern states for limiting coronavirus testing. It has the lowest testing rates in the south. After the spread of the coronavirus in the medical community became public this week, the state government of Telangana finally issued orders for quarantine of the affected PG doctors. This has come as a relief to medical students. Senior doctors said, however, that this is not enough. Testing or screening of patients coming for elective surgeries has to be carried out rigorously so that the risk to doctors treating is minimized. Along with the rapid increase in the number of cases, the doctors getting affected with COVID-19 is a big cause of worry.
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