Nagarkurnool: Where there is a will, there is a way. The efforts of a corporate hospital and forest staff of Amrabad Tiger Reserve to set up an isolation centre at Mannanur have seen fruition in just over two weeks.
Telangana Social Welfare Girls Residential School and College has now been transformed into an isolation centre, where people with Covid are now admitted to.
Those who live in forest areas reside in small huts and it will be difficult for them to get isolated if any one of their family is affected with Covid. Five to six people share a single hutment in the forest areas. The idea is to help people from Amrabad and neighbouring areas to get isolated from their families if they contract coronavirus, says Forest Divisional Officer Rohit Gopidi. The forest official’s wife Padmini Reddy had contacted Apollo Hospitals and convinced them to send some oxygen generators and other equipment. The Forest Department also chipped in with their efforts to get permissions from the Health Department.
Currently, the facility has 30 beds besides three emergency beds and is manned by a doctor and four nurses. Apollo Hospitals also arranged a teleconsultation facility at this centre. Rohini Reddy says the focus now is on breaking the corona chain by setting up this centre. Besides creating awareness, all basic facilities, including food and medicines, are provided in the centre, she explains.
The Forest Department deployed staff to arrange things and help locals get to the centre. Initially, there were a few issues, with people not willing to work as support staff for cleaning and other activities. Achampet MLA G Balraj has been instrumental in mobilizing staff for the centre, says Rohit Gopidi. The District Medical and Health Office too responded immediately and extended the required help, he added.
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