A Russian nurse has been suspended from work after she reported for duty dressed in only her bra, panty and a see-through PPE gown.
The unidentified nurse, who was deployed to the all-male coronavirus patients’ ward, told her managers at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital that she was “too hot” to wear clothing underneath her PPE, local newspaper Tula Pressa says.
Tula Regional Clinical Hospital is located 188 kilometers south of Moscow, Russia’s capital.
The outlet reports that the hospital bosses resorted to suspend the nurse despite there being no complaint filed by the patients.
The facility’s managers said they were punishing the nearly-nude nurse for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing.”
The nurse claimed she did not realise that her underwear was showing through the PPE.
The regional health ministry confirmed that “a disciplinary sanction was applied to the nurse of the infectious diseases department who violated [uniform] requirements,” the New York Post said.
The outlet did not elaborate on what exactly the disciplinary measure would be.
The hospital administration originally claimed the woman, who is in her 20s, had been wearing “lingerie” — but later clarified the two-piece ensemble was possibly a “swimming suit.”
The suspended healthcare worker is yet to make a public statement on the incident.
Readers of Tula Pressa newspaper had the following reactions to the story:
Sergey Ratnikov said: “At least someone has a sense of humor in this gloomy, gloomy reality.”
Marina Astakhova remarked: “Well done, she raised the mood of the patients.”
Valery Kapnin asked: “Why punish the nurse? You need to reward her. Seeing this outfit, no one wants to die.”
As of Wednesday, May 20, Russia had registered 309, 000 cases of COVID-19, over 2, 900 deaths and 85, 300 recoveries.