Hyderabad: Nizamabad, which turned into a Covid hotspot in April and May when the second wave of the pandemic ravaged the country, quickly recovered from the impact on account of the house-to-house health survey and strict enforcement of lockdown. These measures proved to be a game changer for the district in controlling the spread of the virus significantly.
The Government General Hospital (GGH) in Nizamabad registered over 500 cases from April to May first week resulting in heavy demand for beds with oxygen facility. The district became a hotspot for Covid cases because of the arrival of a large number of patients from two bordering districts of Maharashtra. But when the State government started the fever survey and subsequently implemented the lockdown, the cases started dipping, GGH
Superintendent Dr D Prathima Raj told Telangana Today.
She said of the 521 beds in GGH, only 150 persons are presently undergoing treatment while the remaining beds are lying vacant. The situation in private hospitals is also the same in the district, she said, adding that Covid patients with mild symptoms used to rush to the hospital for admission in April and May. “We used to face a lot of pressure from patients and their attendants to admit them. But the situation has now changed significantly,” Dr Prathima Raj said.
She said the commencement of survey and subsequent distribution of kits with medicines helped in giving timely treatment to patients in their homes. This not only resulted in containing the spread of virus but also prevented patients with mild symptoms from rushing to hospitals. Another reason for the dip in positive cases was strict implementation of lockdown apart from awareness created among people about the safety if they stay indoors. “People also realised the importance of staying at home instead of unnecessarily coming out and putting their lives at risk,” she said. Dr Prathima Raj said doctors, nurses and other staff rendered services during the pandemic and ensured proper treatment to Covid patients.
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