COVID-19 | Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre


COVID-19

COVID-19

The pandemic arrived in Northeast India much later than the rest of the country. The hospital was well prepared to handle it.
The steps taken include:
  • Several sensitization sessions to the staff.
  • Awareness sessions to the patients and caregivers.
  • Setting up of a triage booth.
  • Ensuring strict adherence to the safety guidelines.
  • Reduced staff coming in to work by rotation in the initial months.
  • A WhatsApp group for all the staff to keep steadily in touch.
  • Making of sanitizers, face shields, masks, caps, scrubs and gowns in house.
  • Seeking support from the community for cloth and tailoring machines.
  • Online discussions to educate the public on the safety guidelines.
  • Creation of a large waiting area for out patients to allow for social distancing.
  • Reduction in the number of caregivers accompanying patients.
  • Establishment of a COVID ward to take care of cancer patients and staff affected by COVID.
  • Increase in inter-bed distance in every ward.
  • Encouragement of hand hygiene practice.
  • Establishment of a COVID testing and treatment facility.
The present guidelines for patients and caregivers visiting the hospital are:
  • Wearing masks all the time.
  • Washing hands regularly.
  • Checking at the triage booth for any signs or indications of COVID.
  • Only one caregiver to accompany the patient.
  • Adherence to social distancing while waiting in the Out-Patient Department
  • No wandering in areas of the hospital other than where they actually need to go.