Hyderabad: As many as 123 doctors and healthcare professionals from two major government hospitals have tested COVID positive in the last one week. Forty-five house surgeons, 39 MBBS students, 33 post-graduate students, and six faculty members of Gandhi Hospital and Medical College and Osmania General Hospital tested positive.

Of them, 20 MBBS students, 10 house surgeons, 10 Post Graduate students, and four faculty members tested positive at Gandhi Medical College and Hospital. Around 35 house surgeons, 19 MBBS students, 23 PGs, two faculty members tested positive at Osmania Medical College. All of them have only mild infections and will be under isolation for seven days. The data was shared by Telangana Junior Doctors Association on Tuesday.

A resident doctor from Gandhi Hospital told NewsMeter that hostellers, who have tested positive can continue to quarantine in the hostel itself. A separate ward has been allocated for students and hospital staff.

With a rise in infections in two major hospitals, the non-Covid service is going to be affected. "It is challenging to work without house surgeons and doctors. However, we are managing. We are expecting a spike in cases within the hospital staff. In this case, contract medical officers will be hired. The one-year senior residency will also be rolled out," said the resident doctor of Gandhi Hospital.

Director of Medical Education Dr. Ramesh Reddy said the health services have not been affected. "All the services in Government Hospitals across Telangana are operational, COVID admissions are very minimal. Elective services have not stopped," he said.

Though the health department sounded confident about containing the spread, it began preparing for a rush of patients into hospitals. Medical superintendent of Gandhi Hospital Dr. Raja Rao issued a circular saying there were oral instructions from the director of medical education to suspend all elective admissions. The circular also asked doctors to discharge the patients currently under treatment in the wards if their condition was stable.

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