Panic has been gripped in the Pulwama district hospital where a Hepatitis B lady patient has been admitted who delivered a baby. A threat of getting infected has been loomed among the patients as well as the doctors of getting infected with it. “Panic has been gripped in the hospital after the lady patient whop delivered a baby here was admitted in the hospital. Every attendant keeps distance from the ward where the patient has been admitted due to fear of getting infected with Hepatitis B,” an attendant said. Doctors in the hospital said that that the operation theatre as well as the equipments used during the surgery needs to be cleaned with the anti-biotic for the safeguard of other patients visiting the hospital,” a doctor wishing anonymity said. “It was a complicated case and the case should have been referred to the territory care hospital where all equipments and other useful things are available,” doctors said. While talking to experts in this regard, they termed the case as ‘serious’ and told KNS that the doctors present in the hospital should take absolute precautions in every aspect to the patient. “If the precautions will not be taken seriously then the virus can go to other patients as well. The doctors should also protect themselves,” experts told KNS. Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan said that the child she has given birth to should be also looked seriously. “A baby needs to be vaccinated with the first doze of Hepatitis B and should also get Hepatitis B Immune Globluline (HBIG) in 12 hours after his birth. If the baby will not be vaccinated, the baby will be chronically affected with the virus,” he said. He said that the territory care hospitals are actually meant for these patients as the patients need close monitoring by the doctors. “The officials should have referred the patient to territory care hospital unless there was emergency,” Hassan told KNS. He advised doctors who deals with the patient to get vaccinated first. “Doctors as well as the surgeons should also been vaccinated as it can leave other patients at risk as well,” he said. Medical Superintendent of Pulwama district hospital, Dr Saleem seems to have no information about the infectious virus as he told KNS that no one will be infected with it and the new born baby has also not been vaccinated. “It is not any serious matter. The virus can’t infect anyone except transferring of blood to another person,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch