AIIMS mess worker dies of virus

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AIIMS mess worker dies of virus

Saturday, 23 May 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Resident Doctors' Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Friday demanded the resignation of Hostel Superintendent and senior warden after a mess worker died of Covid-19 on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to the Director of AIIMS, the association alleged that hostel section refused to take precautionary measures as demanded by the RDA more than a month ago.

The RDA also alleged that the hostel superintendent tried to present the death as probable cardiac event in morning review meeting.

Demanding resignation of both hostel superintendent and senior warden, RDA said “We also demand testing of all mess workers and resident by diligent contact tracing and ensure such incident does not repeat. We also demand appointment of a more receptive and resident friendly hostel superintendent and senior warden.

RDA also requested the AIIMS administration to grant compensation to the grieving family of the mess worker.

In another letter written to Director AIIMS, RDA also suggested that AIIMS should adopts more scientific protocol to ensure safety of patients and residents.

“We as health care workers are accepting the increased risk of acquiring the infection but not inadvertently transmitting the infection to people who come in contact with us for treatment or otherwise. Shortening the quarantine duration and denying mandatory testing post duty may derail the battle against pandemic,” it said.

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