Hyderabad: Around 11 private hospitals in Hyderabad have run out of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients amid a resurgence in daily cases, the medical bulletin on 4 April showed.

Apollo Hospital in Hyderguda; Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Global Gleneagles Hospital; KIMS Hospital, Kondapur; Princess Esra Hospital, Shalibanda; Adithya Hospital, Uppal; KK Reddy Hospital and Pulse Heart Centre in KPHB Colony; Evya Hospital, Vanasthalipuram; Medicover Hospitals, Madhapur; and Sunshine Hospitals, Gachibowli, now have no ICU beds with ventilator and CPAP.

Also, Apollo Hospital, Hyderguda; KIMS Hospital, Kondapur; Princess Esra Hospital, Shalibanda; Adithya Hospital, Uppal; Evya Hospital, Vanasthalipuram; and Medicover Hospitals, Madhapur have no beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Apart from Hyderabad, Medicover Hospital in Karimnagar also has no ICU beds available.

Already 2,734 ICU beds with ventilators and CPAP and 900 beds are occupied in all private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients across the state. Out of 3,470 oxygen beds in all hospitals across the state, 1,430 are already occupied. Out of 2,146 beds, 683 are occupied.

Out of 8,350 total beds in the state's private hospitals, 3,013 are already occupied by COVID-19 patients whereas of the total 8,542 beds in government hospitals , 1,044 are occupied.

Following the surge in the COVID-19 cases in the state, Telangana health minister Eatala Rajendra on Saturday decided to set up isolation centers in all district centers. He said arrangements have been made for those who have tested positive and do not have the opportunity to stay at home to be kept in isolation centers. Doctors and medical staff will be available 24 hours at the centers to monitor the patients and meals and fresh water will be provided to them, the minister said.

It was also decided to convert Nature Cure Hospital, Ayurveda Hospital, Nizamia TB Hospital, Fever Hospital, and Chest Hospital in Hyderabad into full-fledged COVID-19 treatment and quarantine centers. The minister directed the authorities to prepare these hospitals in another week.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 1,321 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the overall tally to 3,12,140 in the state. The last time the state reported more than 1,300 cases was on 7 November 2020 when it saw 1,440 cases.

The state reported five new deaths on 3 April taking the total death toll to 1,717. The fatality rate in the state is 0.55 per cent which is less than the national average of 1.3 per cent.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Saturday reported 320 new cases. The neighbouring Rangareddy district reported 121 while Medchal Malkajgiri reported 144 and Sangareddy 24 new cases.

Sumit Jha

Sumit Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with NewsMeter. An alumnus of the University of Hyderabad and Amity University. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also a 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, consumer, health, human interest and data stories. You can follow Sumit on Twitter @sumitjha__

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