65 Students In 2 Med Colleges Test Positive | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: As many as 65 medical students in the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences and the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week. The institutes are testing all primary and secondary contacts of the infected students.
On both the campuses, the infected students are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, sources said.
Dr T Gangadhar, the director of Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) in Ballari told TOI that 31 students tested positive first and after testing their primary contacts, “we found 24 more students positive on Monday. A total of 55 students are now infected in the institute,” he said.
The students have no travel history and may have contracted the virus while treating patients in hospitals, he said. “We have sealed the 19th and 28th blocks in the hostel where the infected students were staying. As all infected students are asymptomatic, they are isolated and quarantined in the Covid care centre,” he added.
“We have also intensified the checking of staff and teachers and we have sent 293 samples for testing. Results of some are awaited,” the director said.
PS Bhusaraddi, the director of the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), said in the last three days, 10 students tested positive. They have no travel history and are asymptomatic. “We have tested all 900 students, including primary and secondary contacts of infected students, and all reports are negative. All the infected are quarantined in hostels,” he said.
“We are now ready to deal with the increasing number of cases. We have 445-bed wards and a 100-bed paediatric ward to treat only Covid patients with 133 ventilator facilities. We have two oxygen tanks with 13kl and 20 kl capacity and two oxygen generation plants on the hospital premises,” the director said.
“We have also increased the number of staff and other facilities to provide timely treatment to the needy patients.”

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