DIMAPUR, JULY 31 (MExN): Four staff members of the Christian Institute of Health Science and Research (CIHSR) have been detected to be COVID positive.
A press release from the Director of the CHISR, Dr Sedevi Angami informed that all those who tested positive have been isolated and are doing well.
“All contact tracing and testing has been initiated in line with the Government guidelines. The facilities concerned have been contained and decontamination being carried out. The facilities have also been inspected by the district health authorities,” the press release informed.
Meanwhile, the COVID isolation ward at CIHSR has already been activated and is under stringent control according to the standard guidelines. No patient inside the ward is allowed contact with any other person in the hospital.
The staff in the ward use PPE according to standard guidelines and infection control measures. “They do not come into contact with any other staff outside and are segregated from the rest of the hospital and so have no means to transmit any infection elsewhere,” it informed.
Meanwhile, it was added that all biohazardous waste generated from the isolation ward is disposed of by incineration in the same manner as the BSL-2 lab. The CIHSR said that stringent measures have been initiated to ensure that patients and the staff are protected from further infection spread. Active surveillance is being conducted for all staff and patients and daily audits by the CIHSR rapid response team are being performed.
OPD, emergency, new admissions suspended
As a precautionary step, CIHSR has announced the suspension of all OPD, Emergency and New Admissions with effect from July 31 till further notice. Critical service like Hemo-Dialysis, Chemo Radiation and BSL -2 Laboratory will remain open, informed a separate press release from the CIHSR Medical Superintendent.