Hyderabad: Health Minister Etala Rajender on Monday clarified that except for Gandhi Hospital, patients suffering from other diseases were being treated in all other government hospitals across Telangana State.
Speaking to media persons here, the Minister alleged that government hospitals were being defamed for wrong reasons. He said as against the capacity of nearly 2,000 beds in Gandhi Hospital, which is dedicated for Covid-19 treatment, only 600 beds were occupied.
He said nearly 7,109 Covid-19 patients were being treated at their homes. He said only 26 people were shifted to the hospital after their health deteriorated.
Rajender said that patients were being given treatment immediately after their admission in Chest Hospital, Koti Hospital and Osmania Hospital and tests were being conducted only when required. He said additional medical staff of 4,700 would be recruited by Tuesday. Further, he said another 150 ambulances were being kept ready.
The Minister urged the people not to trust the wrong information being spread through social media. He said that the State Government was providing complete information on Covid-19 situation through a media bulletin.
Rajender also clarified that there was no proposal to shut down private laboratories and they need to work as per the guidelines framed by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
He informed that as many as 17,081 hospital beds were vacant in Covid-19 hospitals in the State. Of them, nearly 3,500 beds have an oxygen facility while another 6,500 beds would get an oxygen facility in the next one week. Therefore, nearly 10,000 beds will have the oxygen facility in the State.
He said there was no shortage of beds in government hospitals and people should not waste their money by visiting private hospitals.
The Minister said that as many 258 personnel of the Health Department, 184 police personnel, 53 journalists and 37 private staff members got infected with Coronavirus. He said except for one head nurse of Chest Hospital, all others have recovered.
He clarified that the person who shot a selfie video from a hospital complaining of lack of oxygen supply died of some other disease and not Coronavirus. (INN)