Nurses protesting the shortage of protective gear at GB Pant Hospital in Agartala

Agartala: A day after EastMojo reported how shortage of protective gear like masks, sanitizers and personal protective equipment (PPE) is adversely affecting the functioning of some district-level hospitals in Tripura amid the COVID-19 crisis, a similar scenario is being witnessed in yet another prominent medical institution of the state — GB Pant Hospital in state capital Agartala.

GB Pant Hospital is hosting the lone coronavirus positive patient of the state in one of its isolation wards along with over 50 persons under facility quarantine. On Thursday, the hospital witnessed a massive protest by staffers demanding adequate supply of PPEs for those attending the patients.

“Looking at the present crisis, we are not disturbing the normal functioning of the hospital. We are very much devoted to our cause. But the shortage of supply of protective gear has affected the services here. We want the people of the state and the government to be aware of the crisis,” one of the doctors said.

Elaborating on the shortage, some doctors also said that the hospital lacks adequate PPEs, masks, sanitizers, etc, despite making repeated requests to the authorities concerned.

“The masks, according to rules, can’t be used beyond three hours. But here, we are using it for days on end. When there is no proper equipment, how we can serve the corona patients?” a doctor said.

According to guidelines, the isolation ward should be placed in a far-off area, away from the normal wards of the hospital. “Here, we can see that the isolation centre has been put in the middle of the hospital violating all standing rules and regulations. That’s why we are not secure at all. The authorities are not concerned about these issues,” some of the nurses alleged.

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