Hyderabad: Following Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s instructions, Mahabubnagar district administration is making all efforts for early detection of Covid-19 cases and initiate treatment accordingly. This is being done right from village to town level.
Apart from fever survey, three mobile Covid care centres are being operated. Equipped with a doctor, lab technician and nurse, these centres conduct tests in villages and identify persons with symptoms and provide them medicine kits immediately. So far, 11,500 kits have been distributed in the district as part of the fever survey.
This apart, doctors from PHCs visit the patients at villages and mandals regularly and instil confidence among them, besides monitoring their recovery. In case of any severities, patients are immediately shifted to Government General Hospital in Mahabubnagar or to SVS Hospital, Excise and Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud told Telangana Today.
For people who are not in a position to go in for isolation, hostels in different schools and colleges are being used as Isolation centres at Deverkadra, CC Kunta, Balanagar and other places, he said, adding that a special Task Force led by DMHO has been set up to monitor availability of oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir vials and other medicines in both government and private hospitals. In case of any requirement, things are being arranged immediately and private hospitals are made to sell these medicines on MRP. “All these measures are helping us in containing the spread of Coronavirus. Besides, the mortality rate is also low in Palamuru,” says Srinivas Goud.
Apart from ensuring availability of drugs and oxygen cylinders, focus is also on ensuring that hospitals do not fleece patients. The managements have been urged to extend treatment on humanitarian grounds during the pandemic, failing which the district administration would takeover the hospital and extend treatment to the patients.
Citing a case, where MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao tweeted about inflated bills by a private hospital last week (following a tweet by a patient’s attendant), the Minister said the management was immediately made to cut down the bill.
Apart from infrastructure in hospitals, priority is being accorded to provision of food and other facilities for patients’ attendants at both government and private hospitals. “Many voluntary organisations, including Shanta Narayana Goud charitable Trust, which is operated by my daughter, free food is being offered to patients attendants and poor at many places” says Srinivas Goud.
The Minister is personally monitoring the implementation of lockdown in the district. Along with police personnel, he regularly inspects different areas and appeals to people not to step out unless any emergencies.
Simultaneously, the district administration continues to execute several developmental works in the district even during the lockdown, strictly following Covid-19 protocol, the Minister said, adding that the idea is to make good use of traffic-free roads during lockdown. All the machinery works like using earthmovers for widening of roads and recarpeting are being executed on top priority, he said.
“It is tough to execute road widening works at Newtown or take up road repair works at Ashok Talkies junction during regular days due to traffic. Officials have been directed to expedite all the road repair and other works, including junction development works at Clock Tower and District Court road development works in the lockdown and complete them at the earliest” adds Srinivas Goud.
Basti Dawakhanas for Mahabubnagar
Impressed with the Basti Dawakhanas concept in Hyderabad, the district administration is setting up similar clinics in Mahabubnagar town.
The idea is to offer quality healthcare and treatment to the poor through these Basti Dawakhanas coming up at Veerannapet, TT Gutta, Old Palamuru and Yenugonda. They will be launched on Monday, Excise and Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud said.
Focus is on improving infrastructure in the existing government hospitals and setting up new ones. A 600-bed hospital is being planned at the existing Government General Hospital premises at a cost of Rs.100 crore, the Minister said, adding that the project has already been approved and works would commence once the Covid situation improves.
The new hospital will be equipped with an emergency block, outpatient block, 12 operation theatres, MRI, CT Scan, Radiology, causality and general surgery services. A completely mechanised laundry section as well, he added.
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