64 healthcare workers in Bali have been infected with Covid-19 after being exposed while handling patients who initially came in with different concerns.
I Ketut Suarjaya, head of the Bali Health Agency, confirmed there have been total of 64 healthcare workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 22.
“Some of them got infected because they did not know the patients’ COVID-19 status, and they attended to them. Such as patients who come in with dengue fever symptoms, and therefore there’s a lack of preventive measure and leading to them being infected,” Suarjaya said.
There’s a lack of personal protective equipment, such as face shields, gloves and masks, among healthcare workers who aren’t specifically treating COVID-19 patients, with Suarjaya suggesting that protocols neeed to be followed as laid out by the World Health Organization (WHO) while treating patients.
In addition, he stated all patients should undergo rapid tests or PCR tests before receiving medical treatment from workers.
In Tabanan regency, a patient under observation for COVID-19 allegedly withheld his status while getting treatment at a local private hospital, which led to at least three healthcare workers testing positive for the coronavirus.
“We are calling on [patients] to not do such a thing, we must be honest about our conditions and our travel history,” Nyoman Suratmika, who heads the Health Agency in Tabanan, said.
Meanwhile, Ganesha Hospital said 18 of their healthcare workers recently tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting temporary closure of four units of their medical services for the next two weeks.
Bali reported 42 additional COVID-19 cases yesterday , bringing the provincial total to 1,158. While most cases were initially imported, local transmissions now makes up nearly 70 percent of all cases in Bali according to Coconuts.