Corporate hospitals in Hyderabad have come forward to hand over 50 per cent of their beds to the State government for treatment of Covid-19 patients.

The managements of all top super-speciality hospitals in the State, who met Health Minister Eatala Rajender here on Thursday, volunteered to give 50 per cent of their beds to the Health department, so that treatment to Covid-19 patients can be provided based on the rates and guidelines fixed by the State government.

Representatives of the Telangana Super Speciality Hospitals Association (TSSHA) led by its president and MD of KIMS Hospitals, Dr. B Bhaskar Rao said 50 per cent of the beds in all the private hospitals would now be filled by the Health department.

During the meeting with the minister, it was decided to utilise the services of a mobile application to allot beds in private hospitals to needy Covid-19 patients. To hammer out a methodology to fill the hospital beds and treatment protocols to be implemented, Director of Public Health Dr. G Srinivasa Rao will hold another meeting with corporate hospital managements on Friday.

“From day one of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been urging private hospitals to come forward, join us and strengthen our response in containing the virus. We welcome their decision to provide 50 per cent of their beds to the State government,” he said.

Principal Secretary (Health) Syed Ali Murtaza Rizvi, Director of Medical Education Dr K Ramesh Reddy, expert committee members including Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor Dr. Karunakar Reddy and senior nephrologist Dr. Gangadhar were present.

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