Telangana govt. wakes up from slumber after dengue deaths, Sets up separate wards

Hyderabad: Following the outbreak of seasonal diseases in Andhra Pradesh, the general hospitals in Hyderabad have finally pulled up their socks to tackle this epidemic of seasonal diseases in the city. “We have decided to designate separate wards to handle patients suffering from dengue fever,”said Shravan Kumar, Gandhi Hospital Superintendent.

Government hospitals in the city are overburdened with dengue and other fever-related diseases. This year in Gandhi hospital alone 451 dengue and 476 positive chikungunya cases have been reported. Currently, there is no separate ward for dengue patients, and in many wards, two patients share a single bed due to the shortage of beds. This condition can result in patients developing other ailments due to the infectious dengue and chikungunya virus.

“Better attention will be given for the convenience of patients. More number of beds will be arranged at the earliest, and a nodal officer will be assigned to offer required facilities to infected patients”, added the Superintendent.

He also dismissed the complaints regarding the shortage of medicines for treating viral fevers, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, and typhoid.

“These areal just rumours. The Health Department is fully equipped to tackle any urgency of viral fevers and vector-borne diseases. There is no shortage of medicines in the state” the Superintendent clarified.

“I was on deputation at Fever hospital yesterday. 

Whenever there is an emergency for more doctors in state hospitals in Hyderabad we go on deputation and handle the situation”, said Dr Sanjay, RMO, Gandhi hospital.

Considering the massive rush of patients to government hospitals in Hyderabad, the Health Minister Eatala Rajender had earlier directed the officials to increase OP counters and start individual queues for patients who come in with severe ailments.

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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