RML short on Ebola info

 Though Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital has a six-bed isolation ward for suspected cases of Ebola, those manning its inquiry counters appear unaware of this.

The government hospital is now geared to deal with travellers from Ebola-affected countries, who are screened for possible symptoms of the dreaded diseases, and then sent there.

But it's a different story if you walk in yourself, fearing that you have symptoms of the dreaded disease.

The RML is still working on this even as two more people – both Nigerian nationals – were admitted on Thursday with possible symptoms.

“One woman, 24 and the other aged 27 were directly brought to the hospital from the airport as a precautionary measure. However, neither of the two brought here have fever,” said Dr H K Kar, medical superintendent.

“They have been currently kept under observation. The blood samples have been sent to NCDC (National Centre of Disease Control),” he said.

When this reporter approached the hospital inquiry and registration desks, the staff  had no clue what “Ebola virus” was.


“Perhaps the chief medical officer (CMO) will know. We have no information on this disease,” said an official at the enquiry counter.

But the CMO deputed at the casualty also indicated that the hospital was not expecting people walking in there with signs of what might be Ebola.

“We are admitting cases directed from the airport. There is no protocol here yet to deal with cases which come individually at the hospital. I don’t know if kits are available either. You can probably enquire at the NCDC,” the CMO on duty told Deccan Herald.    
However, according to the hospital authorities there are directions to the CMOs to admit such cases.

“The CMOs are put there on rotation basis and so they often fail to give clear information. We have instructed them to admit such cases. Also, the nodal officer would be more updated of information,” said Dr Kar.


But the CMO at the casualty had not mentioned any hospital official who would have Ebola-related information.

The hospital is working at sensitising doctors on how to deal with cases showing symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVB).

One-hour sessions
“We are conducting daily one-hour sessions for the doctors in batches to sensitise them on how to deal with questions from people asked at the hospital. The general queries are being dealt with at the call centre being set up at Nirmal Bhavan. But definitely there is a need to equip hospital doctors with basic knowledge,” said Dr Kar.
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