Hyderabad: The resident doctors of Gandhi Hospital, the nodal COVID centre in the Telangana have called for the in-definite strike beginning November 1, 2020 (Sunday). The doctors demand re-opening of the non-COVID wards in the hospital.

Ever since India's youngest state Telangana reported its first COVID case on March 2, 2020, Gandhi Hospital has been treating infected patients. While the non-COVID wards have been shut, the patients are directed to Osmania General Hospitals and others.

The resident doctors said, Treating non-COVID services would help many patients suffering from other ailments. "As Gandhi hospital has been converted to COVID speciality hospital, residents lost their crucial clinical experience from the last seven months. Along with teaching faculty nearly 600 residents, 350 interns, 600 patient care staff are treating only 400 patients out of around 1500 beds in Gandhi Hospital" said Telangana Junior Doctors Association unit at Gandhi Hospital.

If non-COVID service is allowed they, it would help proper utilisation of workforce and healthcare facilities, they said. After the COVID pandemic, Gandhi Hospital and Medical College was being turned into COVID only hospital in the state. Since then, the hospital has been treating only COVID patients.

Throughout the eight months period of treating COVID patients, the doctors have staged protest twice demanding de-centralisation of COVID patients to other government hospitals and seven days quarantine.

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