Hyderabad: Two among 65 post graduate doctors from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) who sat for final year examination have been tested positive for Covid-19, on June 13. NIMS conducted the final year theory examination for its PG doctors between June 1 and June 7. Reportedly, the two junior doctors who tested positive sat next to each other during the examination.

President of NIMS Resident Doctors Association Dr G. Srinivas said, “From June 1 to 7, we held final year examination at NIMS. One of the PGs who sat for the examination became symptomatic and later tested positive. Another PG student, who sat next to him during the examination also tested positive though she was asymptomatic. Almost 65 PG students attended that examination and all are still asymptomatic. We are waiting for their results.”

The senior resident doctor also said that the PG students were insisting that the practical exams scheduled from June 17 to June 25, be also held though it is not an advisable step.

“Since the theory exams are over, the PGs are now demanding for the practicals to be conducted as per the schedule. We fear that conducting the exam can lead to spread of the infection further,” the doctor added.

As of June 13, a total of 42 medicos from NIMS are under treatment for Covid-19. Of them, 25 are doctors, 20 paramedical and nursing staff. Meanwhile, the number of medicos who tested positive for Covid-19 so far in Osmania Medical College has gone up to 63 and 5 doctors of the Gandhi Hospital are under treatment for

Covid-19.

The total number of medicos infected now stands at 112.

Meanwhile, the PGs in Osmania are still opposing holding the theory examination as scheduled from June 20. “Several post graduates tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated at Gandhi Hospital. Almost all of these cases were traced back to the hospital and the hostel premises,” said a PG student on condition of anonymity.

Another equally worrisome fact is that an unknown and much higher number of PGs are primary contacts of the positive cases. “A gathering of such students at the exam centres would carry a far greater risk of infection. Holding exams at a short notice in such a scenario would be extremely unwise,” he said

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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