Telangana taps private teaching hospitals for Covid beds

Rapid rise in Covid cases threatening to impact availability of beds for patients

By Author  |  Published: 2nd Jul 2020  12:15 amUpdated: 2nd Jul 2020  12:41 am
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Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Wednesday visited private hospitals in Hyderabad to assess the availability of infrastructure.

Hyderabad: The rapid rise in Covid-19 infections, especially in areas under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), is threatening to impact availability of beds for critical SARS-CoV-2 patients who need bed-side assistance and intensive care. To ensure beds are available to such patients, the health authorities are now looking to tap into the infrastructure available at private teaching hospitals that have attached hospitals, especially those in the city outskirts.

Health Minister, Eatala Rajender has directed health officials to start preparing the necessary ground work to admit Covid-19 positive patients to hospitals that are attached to private medical colleges. The aim is to ensure Covid-19 positive cases in districts get admission in private medical colleges located locally, which will decrease pressure in tertiary health care facilities in Hyderabad.

As part of these efforts, Rajender along with senior health officials on Wednesday visited Kamineni Hospital in LB Nagar, Owaisi Hospital and Research Centre in Santoshnagar, ESI Hospital in Nacharam, Mallareddy Medical College and Mamata Medical College, to ascertain the availability of infrastructure.

22 hospitals with 1080 beds

There are 22 hospitals that are attached to private medical colleges in the State with a capacity of 1,080 beds for coronavirus patients. In the month of May, the State government had advised these hospitals to set aside a portion of their beds for Covid-19 patients.

The health officials will provide all necessary safety equipment including PPE kits, N-95 masks and drugs to the health care workers at these private hospitals. The health authorities also requested managements of private medical colleges to not grant leaves to junior doctors, faculty during the ongoing crisis.

The Vice-Chancellor of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS), Dr Karunakar Reddy and State Corona Nodal Officer Dr P Sravan Kumar will liaison between private hospitals and State government so that beds are available to critical patients at the right time.

450 beds at ESI Nacharam to be available

The 450-bed health care facility at ESIC Hospital, Nacharam, which is being refurbished on a war footing will be utilised for coronavirus positive patients, after the ongoing civil works of the building are completed.

Rajender who visited the ESI hospital campus in Nacharam on Wednesday said that in the coming weeks, the hospital will be brought into service for Covid-19 patients.

The construction of the modern ESIC block with 450 beds located within the hospital campus could not be completed. While the entire hospital structure is ready, the finishing touches of the building are now being under taken up by the government.


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