Hyderabad: A Tele-Medicine Control Room has been set up at the District Collectorate of Mahabubnagar district to treat the patients who might not be able to reach the hospital due to the lockdown.

A dedicated telephone line has been set up at the collectorate so that people can call the doctors for consultation. People across the district can call on the telephone number 08542-226670 to consult the doctors.

According to the district administration, the medicine will get delivered at their door-steps following the teleconsultation.

“Tele-Medicine control room is operating in three shifts 24 hours a day. We have two ambulances, two operators, two auxiliary nurses, midwives and two pharmacists available at the control room at all times. A total of 26 doctors from 24 PHCs, 43 private doctors and 210 ANMs have been roped-in to offer telemedicine service to patients across the district,” said S Venkata Rao, District Collector of Mahabubnagar.

Mahabubnagar has currently 10 active Coronavirus cases including a 23 day old baby. One patient has recovered and discharged in the district.

On April 15, Telangana state reported 6 new cases. However, no death was recorded. The total number of patients cured and discharged is 118. According to the medical bulletin, the state recorded 650 COVID cases of which 514 are active. Greater Hyderabad with 267 cases continues to be on top of the hotspots list.

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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