Hyderabad: Following a surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, many private hospitals in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area are running out of beds. Around 13 private hospitals in the GHMC area don't have a single bed for COVID-19 patients amid a resurgence in daily cases, the medical bulletin on 13 April showed.

Similarly, in the adjoining district of Medchal-Malkajgiri six hospitals are left with no beds for COVID-positive patients while in Rangareddy, five hospitals don't have a single vacant bed.

The medical bulletin issued by the Telangana government on Tuesday showed that Adithya Hospital in Boggulakunta; Apollo Hospital in Hyderguda; Aster Prime Hospital, Aware Gleneagles Hospitals, and Bristlecone Hospitals in Barkatpura; Care Hospitals in Musheerabad; Global Gleneagles Hospital, Wellness Hospital, and Indo- US Superspeciality Hospital in Ameerpet; Princess Esra Hospital in Shalibanda; Sunshine Hospital and UDAI Omni Hospital in Nampally; and Yashoda Hospitals in Secunderabad don't have beds for coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, there are no beds available in Adithya Hospital and SKIMS Hospital in Uppal, Excel Hospital in Alwal, KK Reddy Hospital in KPHB Colony, Mana Hospital in Kukatpally, Spark Hospital in Peerzadiguda in Medchal Malkajgiri district, Archana Hospital in Madinaguda, Medicover Hospitals in Madhapur, Omni Hospital in Kothapet, PRK Hospital in Chandanagar, and Sunshine Hospitals in Gachibowli in Rangareddy district.

It should be noted that GHMC, Medchal Malkajgiri, and Rangareddy districts have the highest number of cases in the state.

On 10 April, the state health minister, Eatala Rajendra, had held a meeting with private hospitals and asked them to increase the number of beds. He had also said that due to a surge in the COVID-19 cases in neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka, patients were coming to Hyderabad for treatment.

According to the medical bulletin, around half the beds in private hospitals are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Of the total 12,758 beds in private hospitals, 5,767 beds are filled. Out of total 3,480 ICU beds, 1,728 are occupied.

A few hospitals in the city like Apollo at DRDO, and Krishna Institute of Medical Science in Secunderabad have no beds left.

Meanwhile, government hospitals have enough beds available for COVID-19 patients. Of the total 8,648 beds in government hospitals, only 2,246 beds are occupied.

The state has 24,131 active cases at present of which 16,118 are under home isolation while remaining are in hospitals and of them most are in private hospitals.

Four weeks ago, the state had reported only 247 cases and had only 2,101 active cases. Also, only 958 beds were occupied in private hospitals and 6,708 beds were vacant. Within four weeks 4,809 beds were filled in private hospitals.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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