Fever surveys, Covid OPs led to a drop in hospital admissions: DPH

By   |  Published: 13th May 2021  11:43 pm
Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao

Hyderabad: The twin containment strategies of holding Covid outpatients in all government hospitals and door-to-door fever surveys have helped in reducing hospital admissions, health officials on Thursday said. “Due to fever surveys and Covid OPs, we are identifying individuals with symptoms quickly and treating them by distributing the Covid kits and following up their health status. This has resulted in a dip in demand for hospital beds,” Director of Public Health (DPH) Dr G Srinivasa Rao said.

In the last one week, the Health Department through its Covid outpatient services screened 5,05,204 individuals and identified 1,07,329 individuals with Covid-like symptoms. As part of fever surveys, so far 24,885 medical teams have visited over 70, 000 households across the State.

Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr K Ramesh Reddy urged doctors in private hospitals to be judicious while utilising oxygen and prescribing drugs like Remdesivir. “We are coming across instances where doctors unnecessarily prescribe drugs like Remdesivir, Tocilizumab etc. As a result, relatives of patients are running from pillar to post in search of these medicines. I urge private hospitals to be judicious while they utilise oxygen and do their best to safely wean away recovered patients from oxygen support,” Dr Reddy said.

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