Hyderabad: With the first case of Corona virus reported in the city’s Mahendra Hills, a door-to-door check has been initiated in the area. Multiple teams of medical officials will conduct a fever survey in Mahendra Hills. Four teams are reportedly being assigned to the Ravi colony for the survey. Taking Mahendra hills as the epicenter of the virus in the city, a radius of 4 km from the area will be under surveillance.

Even after the first case of Corona virus was reported in Mahendra Hills in Secunderabad, no action was taken by the state government to track possible cases in the residential colony. Around 200 families live in Ravi Colony in Mahendra Hills where the Corona virus patient and his family live.

Dr P. Madhuri, a medical officer from the Addagutta health clinic, told Newsmeter, “We have initiated a fever survey in Mahendra Hills. Approximately four to five teams will be assigned for the survey. In case any person exhibits any symptom of Corona virus, including high fever, they will be taken to Gandhi hospital.”

Local residents told NewsMeter they have so far not undergone any medical test. Neither has a medical team approached them. Sanjeev Reddy, president of Ravi Colony, told NewsMeter, “We have not received any official note from the authorities so far. The person who was diagnosed with Corona virus is our neighbour. People saw him walking on these roads before he was admitted to Apollo. But we don’t know what needs to be done next. Nobody is even wearing a mask here.”

Meanwhile, health assistant from Addagutta health clinic G. Vidhyapreethi said regular health camps are being conducted to create awareness among people about the deadly virus. “We are conducting a regular health camp in Mahendra Hills. Besides that, we are also conducting regular blood pressure and sugar tests. We are also checking the temperature of people who come to the camp.”

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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