12-member team from Telangana visit Kerala to study measures for combating coronavirus

Hyderabad: A team of 12 doctors from Telangana has been sent to Kerala on a two day study tour to learn how the state contained the spread of coronavirus.

Headed by Gandhi Hospital Superintendent P Sravan Kumar, the team met senior doctors from Kerala Medical Board who were at the forefront of treating three corona positive patients.

“We saw their preparedness. We were also given first-hand information about preventive measures. Kerala followed a particular protocol while dealing with the epidemic. The team also introduced us to the advanced measures which they applied for combating coronavirus in the state,” P Sravan Kumar told NewsMeter.

Telangana team of health experts were also briefed about the screening procedures for international travelers in Kerala. Tomorrow, the team will meet Kerala health minister K. K Shailaja and National Health Authority members.

”We are a team of 12 members. They include five doctors, one IAS officer and six members from the education and transport department,” Raghu Kishore Galla from National Health Mission told NewsMeter

The team will also be visiting Thiruvananthapuram Medical College on Friday. On Saturday, the 12 member team will head to Alappuzha district hospital where one positive case of coronavirus was treated.

Kerala was the first state to report coronavirus cases. Three girls, who were students at Wuhan University, tested positive for coronavirus. All three patients were discharged from the hospital after treatment.

536 suspected cases of coronavirus in Telangana till date

Telangana has 536 suspected cases of coronavirus, as of March 5. On Wednesday (March 4) alone, 91 suspected cases were reported in the state.
Among the 536 suspects, 343 people are in home isolation. As per the Health Department’s official statement, 193 people are in hospital isolation, who showed symptoms of the virus. Among the 193 cases, 149 cases were tested negative, while results are awaited for 43 cases.

With regard to the COVID-19 positive patient, whose case was reported on March 1, 86 contacts have been traced out and kept under surveillance.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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