Nellore: Panic has gripped the medical fraternity after an orthopedician was tested positive, three days after he opened the clinic with much fanfare in the city.
A resident of posh Magunta Layout, he had inaugurated his clinic at Pogathota area on March 29 and many people had attended the function. Among the guests were doctors and ruling party leaders whom he had invited personally despite lockdown.
However, on April 2, he developed COVID 19 like symptoms and was shifted to Corporate Hospital wherefrom he was shifted to Government General Hospital (GGH). Later his samples were sent to SVIMS and the result came back positive. He has now been shifted to the isolation ward for treatment.
The issue has gone viral on social media. Doctors and leaders are voluntarily contacting the GGH authorities for tests.
The Corporate hospital, which initially treated him for some lung-related problem, has asked 25 staff members, who came in his contact, to get themselves tested.
Medical and Health authorities said the orthopedic doctor might have contracted the infection after treating some of the Delhi returnees. The officials are collecting the details of his contacts to prevent further spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, a record assistant working in the Collector’s Office, who had probably attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi from March 11 to 13, has been shifted to quarantine ward in the GGH. It may be recalled that the majority of the Tablighi Jamaat returnees have been tested positive in the district, which has taken the tally from 2 to 34.