Hyderabad: A few more private hospitals in Telangana are expected to lose their eligibility to treat Covid-19 patients, as a committee comprising senior health officials is expected to recommend revoking their status in the coming days.
Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Tuesday said the intention was not to shut down private hospitals or to reduce the number of dedicated Covid-19 beds in the State. “On many occasions, we urged private hospitals to avoid commercialising the Covid-19 pandemic. However, action has to be taken on hospitals which are brazenly defying our guidelines and price ceiling,” he said.
A high level committee that was set-up to look into the complaints received from Covid-19 patients and their relatives will make recommendations in a day or two. “It is becoming clear that many private hospitals are not following our price capping. They are also sending critical patients and those who can’t pay anymore to Gandhi Hospital. Such practices should be avoided at any cost,” Rajender said.
All government health care facilities including Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres, Area and District Hospital and Tertiary care facilities in the districts are equipped to provide treatment to Covid-19 positive patients.
“At PHC level, screening and consultation facilities will be provided. Depending on the condition of the patient, they will be advised to either take home isolation or referred to a higher health care centre. I appeal to people not to delay treatment, which eventually impacts lungs,” he said.
The Minister was referring to instances where Covid-19 positive patients in the State were arriving to government hospitals at very late stage.
“Patients reach a government hospital at a stage when despite administering Oxygen, their lungs are incapable of functioning properly and we are losing such patients. We urge people to reach out to the nearest government healthcare facility if anybody develops cold, cough, fever or any other Covid-19 symptoms as early as possible,” he said.
Efforts are on to ensure that all the State-run Covid-19 treatment facilities have enough supplies of medicines for patients. “We are doing our best to ensure drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine, Dexamethasone and other antibiotics are available right at the PHC level. We have also provided training to district medical and health officers on prescribing such medicines through senior doctors,” the Minister added.
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