Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital and Research Center has been shut down till further notice. As per the notice issued by the college, Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital and Research Center remains closed till further notice, except for emergency dental cases. Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital and Research Center has mentioned COVID-19 and the impending festival Dashain as the reason for the closure.
News source however claims that the main reason for closure is the high COVID-19 infection cases among the hospital staff of Kantipur Dental College after it opens partially according to new guideline issued by Nepal Dental Association. One of Dental Surgeon claims that more than 30 members, including the chairman and accountant, of the hospital have been infected recently by COVID-19 and are in isolation resulting Dental hospital shut down except for emergency till further notice.
Kantipur Dental College Teaching Hospital and Research Center
NDA Interim guideline said Dental staff and dental practitioners(Dental health care providers) are considered to be at highest risk of acquiring the infection because of prolonged face to face exposure to patients, exposure to respiratory secretions and aerosols produced during procedures like ultrasonic scaling and cavity/access preparation using a high speed air rotor with water jet cooling systems. Dental procedures causing splatters, fomites and aerosols can propel a high viral load in the procedure room there by increasing the risk of cross infection between dental practitioners, patients, in-between consecutive patients as well as dental auxiliary staffs. Recent observations have proven that salivary glands act as the reservoir for virus.
Active and live virus have been isolated from saliva of patients who were asymptomatic or were considered free of the disease suggesting that COVID-19 transmitted by asymptomatic infection may originate from infected saliva. Many countries and dental communities have advised to stop general dental procedures and only provide essential emergency dental care.