Hyderabad: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has presented a unique set of challenges to doctors at Gandhi Hospital. The doctors here are not only dealing with an entirely new disease and learning every day from the experience, they are also striving to prevent mild, moderate and critical Covid-19 positive cases from getting converted into fatalities.
Despite the recent spurt in fatalities, senior doctors at Gandhi Hospital who are involved in providing health care services to corona patients have pointed out that all efforts were being made to save lives. As part of these efforts, almost all the moderate and mild Covid-19 positive cases at Gandhi Hospital are being provided treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“The aim is to ensure moderate and mild patients do not turn critical ones. People should realise that the disease is new to all of us and every day there is something new to learn. A lot of emphasis are on strengthening ICU care facilities, which will go a long way in saving lives,” says Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, Dr M Raja Rao.
Close to 76 Covid-19 patients have lost their lives in the last one month, between May 5 and June 5 in Telangana State. Overall, since the outbreak of the pandemic, 105 Covid-19 positive patients have died in the State.
While a majority of them have died at Gandhi Hospital, doctors said that almost all of them were brought in critical condition. “We are doing our best not to allow the condition of our patients to become critical. We have enough infrastructure related to invasive ventilation like C-PAP and traditional ventilators,” says Dr Raja Rao.
The patient load, however, has been ever-increasing at Gandhi Hospital and presently, there are 800 Covid-19 positive patients and 100 Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) patients admitted. Apart from all this, there are 150 positive patients, who need critical care and whose health condition is being tracked 24 hours.
“We have nearly 225 ventilators along with beds at Gandhi Hospital. However, not all of them are being used for patients. Enough infrastructure support is available to provide invasive ventilation through CPAP, BiPAP and traditional ventilators at Gandhi Hospital,” Dr Raja Rao said.
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