Hyderabad: Aman (name changed) of Kukatpally, tested positive for the Covid 19 on Monday. He was having mild fever and chills. Father of a six-year-old daughter, he decided to isolate himself in a hospital. He took the help of Google to locate the nearest Covid hospital. Gandhi Hospital showed up on the Google page.
He called up the hospital to check whether he could get himself admitted. The help desk operator on the line asked him to reach the hospital and complete formalities for admission. On reaching the hospital, he was in for a big shock. Hospital authorities asked him to go to Telangana Institute of Medical Science (TIMS), Gachibowli.
Dr T. Prabhakar Reddy, nodal officer for Covid19 at Gandhi Hospital, said Covid19 patients with severe comorbidities can only be admitted to the facility.
"We have already arranged a Covid 19 triage area. If the patient is stable without oxygen and has no comorbidities, the patient can be sent to home isolation. However, if someone is suffering from comorbidities, and in severe distress, he/she will be admitted to Gandhi hospital," said Dr. Prabhakar.
Dr. Prabhakar said the hospital has around 200 beds for Covid19 patients. "A separate floor at Gandhi Hospital with 200 beds has been dedicated for the COVID19 ward. At present, 40 patients are admitted to the ward. During the peak, we had admitted 1800 patients. We are also treating non-COVID patients. We have to make beds available for them also," he said.
Dr. Prabhakar said compared to the first and second wave, the cases are mild this time around. "But it is very dangerous for patients with obesity and comorbidities including diabetes," he said.
Meanwhile, Telangana added 1,052 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a 118 percent increase in cases as compared to the previous day, pushing the cumulative caseload to 6,84,023. On Monday, the state had reported only 482 cases. The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 4858. Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours in Telangana.
Among the districts, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) was the main contributor of the infection by registering a maximum of 659 new cases during the last 24 hours, followed by Medchal-Malkajgiri (116) Rangareddy (109), and Mahabubabad (17). The day's remaining coronavirus cases have been registered by other districts.
A total of 240 people have recovered from coronavirus statewide in a span of 24 hours taking the overall recoveries thus far to 6,75,8132 constituting a recovery rate of 98.70 percent.
As many as 42,991 samples were tested in the state during the past 24 hours out of which the results of 5,481 swab samples are awaited. Cumulatively, 2,98,40,610 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the state so far since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, 10 more new Omicron cases were reported in Telangana on January 4.
Out of the 10 new cases, five are from non-risk countries and five are from risk countries. The total tally of Omicron cases in the state has become 94.