The steady rise in Covid-19 cases in the districts has prompted the Health Department to focus on teaching hospitals attached to government medical colleges and district hospitals to provide vital isolation and treatment facilities to moderate and severe patients.

Apart from Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medchal, there has been a surge in cases from other districts of the State. As a result, efforts are on to improve readiness in teaching hospitals in the districts, instead of referring Covid-19 patients to government tertiary hospitals in the State capital.

All medical colleges in the districts must provide full-scale healthcare services to Covid-19 patients. Superintendents of all the district hospitals must be present and available for them in the hospitals,” said Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Monday.

The Health Minister, while interacting with the Superintendents of all teaching hospitals and district hospitals, directed officials to ensure that proper triaging of Covid-19 patients was done according to the guidelines.

“Covid patients with severe and moderate symptoms must be provided healthcare services at teaching hospitals in the districts. Those with very mild symptoms and asymptomatic persons must be guided to take home quarantine. The hospital Superintendents and senior doctors in teaching and district hospitals must follow the patient’s progress during home quarantine,” Rajender said.

The Superintendents of district and teaching hospitals have been asked to ensure that there was no shortage of life-saving drugs, PPE kits and N95 masks. Instructions were also issued that Covid-19 patients needing critical healthcare services should not be denied beds at any cost.

The Health Minister also praised the Mahabubnagar District Hospital Superintendent who had decided to avoid going to his residence and instead had been staying in the staff quarters.

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