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Death of Srinagar woman creates ripples in two hospitals

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Srinagar: Two sections of SMHS Hospital were badly hit after the death of young lady yesterday who was Covid-19 positive and died at CD Hospital. The lady died of Septic-shock and had undergone multiple surgeries. She was operated at SMHS Hospital Srinagar by ENT surgeons for Ludwig’s Angina (submandibular abscess) and mediastinitis and had septic shock.
Insiders said that a large number of doctors and para-medical staff that had come into contact with the infected deceased 29 year old lady have been quarantined and there is complete chaos and confusion in ENT and Surgical Department of the hospital.
“Five doctors in touch with the deceased lady have been found positive and admitted in isolation wards. Two patients who shared the same ward with lady have also been tested positive while three more doctors have been directed to go for quarantine,” said a medico admitting the there is panic in surgical and ENT departments.
“It’s not like you come in touch with a confirmed case and you will be quarantined, the problem is that from past couple of days, the infected doctors have come in touch with dozens of persons. Contact history is being checked and all efforts are being made to find those contacts,” he said adding that patients are also at risk and many patients have been shifted to isolation wards.
Meanwhile, the society of Dental Surgeons Monday said that the young lady who died of septic shock yesterday was not infected with Covid-19 infection at Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar.
Dr Bilal Beigh, Media in charge, Society of Dental Surgeons said that the deceased lady was admitted at SMHS hospital with evident clinical complications.
“On 5 May, a call was made to GDC Srinagar for examination and consultation of the said patient and she was treated as per treatment plan following Covid SOPs. The Patient was then shifted back to SMHS Hospital.”
“In SMHS hospital the patient was treated as per the ability of the doctors but unfortunately died of septic shock. Meanwhile, she was also tested for Covid-19 as per protocol which came out to be positive.”
“It is wrong to create chaos and imagine that the said lady got infected at Dental Hospital. We request all especially media to verify facts before making any story public,” the Society of Dental Surgeons said and urged upon authorities to take a strong course of action against unscrupulous elements. (KNT)

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