BMC issues new norms for pvt hosps; orders database of staff from slums

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Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued new norms for private hospitals to maintain database of employees residing in slum areas in the capital city region.

This initiative has been taken after a number of healthcare workers in private hospitals and nursing homes tested positive for coronavirus.

Nearly 1/3 of the population of BMC are staying in slum areas where social distancing is almost not maintained. This is because of small houses and high population density.

The BMC also ordered that the employees of the slum areas need to be kept in a shift for 14 days and the hospital authorities will make accommodation arrangements of those slum dweller employees within the hospital premises.

After the 14 days shift the employees will be relieved of the duties after their coronavirus testing and negative report. The next set of employees will then be given duties and the same procedure will be adopted if the next set of employees also belongs to slum areas.

The BMC order said all the private hospitals/nursing homes shall nominate a person as a nodal officer and share the name, designation, and contact number along with the shift arrangements done. The information shall be shared with the ADUPHO-UH(Mob: 9937549932) in the mail ID: cpmunhmbbsr1@gmail.com.

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