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AIIMS doctor contracts COVID from mosque; media blames patients

The AIIMS doctor, after acquiring the disease from a Malviya Nagar mosque frequented by Tablighi Jamaat people, callously moved about, exposing colleagues to contagion

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The doctor of AIIMS found infected with the novel coronavirus a few days ago has turned out to be a sinister player who, while telling his colleagues he had acquired the Wuhan biological agent from one or more patients, actually got it from his mosque visits ― according to a report in OpIndia. While the staff at AIIMS is angry with the doctor’s callous behaviour, they withheld his identity allegedly because he is Muslim.

The doctor‘s wife was nine-months pregnant when he acquired COVID. The woman doctor and her brother were found infected with coronavirus too. The doctor is a resident of Malviya Nagar, where he often visited a neighbourhood mosque that is frequented by the infamous Tablighi Jamaat, more than 1,400 of whose members across the country are now COVID-positive.

Despite extreme symptoms, the medical practitioner continued to visit the mosque daily, boarding the institute’s bus to come to AIIMS. This exposed many others to the contagion.

Media reports, however, had claimed that the doctor may have contracted the infection from his patients but this is not the case as he was not involved in the treatment of coronovirus-infected patients. Thankfully, he could not pass on the disease to the bus driver and other fellow commuters from AIIMS.

One of the nurses working at AIIMS claimed that despite the apparent mistake of the doctor, the media was making a hero out of him. Media reports have attributed the source of contagion to the sick patients for their treatment. However, that assertion by the media is patently false.

The nurse did not reveal the doctor’s identity but said he is a senior resident in the Department of Physiology. On condition of anonymity, one of the medical personnel working at AIIMS said that in view of the outbreak of coronovirus, all necessary precautions and social security measures had been taken on the buses as well. People were sitting far away from one another, made possible by the fact that very few commuted by that bus.

The doctor knew he was infected, but he hid this information and kept coming to the hospital by the same bus. There was also a WhatsApp group of people who came by that bus. When his infection was confirmed, people started asking him on WhatsApp why he used to get on the bus and he kept apologizing to them, OpIndia cited the medical staffer as saying.

AIIMS director Randeep Guleria is reportedly apprised of the matter. The hospital employees hope that exemplary action will be taken against the mischievous doctor.

The staff believe that an action against the doctor would be in order as AIIMS has very strict rules and codes regarding infectious diseases. All employees must obey them. There is no place for negligence and anyone found guilty is punished according to hospital rules.

Several media outlets are reported to have stated that since the infected doctor has no travel history, he was infected with coronovirus while treating patients. It is being claimed that the doctor had got the infection through the husband, after which all the people came into contact with both on suspicion. The doctor was initially admitted to the emergency ward. After several tests and medical examinations, the doctor was admitted to the private ward.

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