The State government has accorded permission to the South Central Railway’s Central Hospital in Lallaguda to treat mild cases of Covid-19.

Accordingly, the treatment has started on Wednesday with eight patients, all of whom are SCR employees. The 300-bed Central Hospital has been permitted to keep aside 100 beds for treating Covid cases among employees of SCR and their dependents.

SCR officials said that since the beginning of the lockdown, railway employees had been attending their duties and some of them had developed Covid symptoms. With this, employees were mounting pressure on higher authorities to provide them treatment.

Till date, around 15 SCR employees have tested positive, and a few of them were asked to go to Gandhi Hospital. However, workers union and employee associations wrote to SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya requesting to start Covid-19 treatment at Central Hospital. A few days ago, Mallya took up the issue with the Chief Secretary, following which the State government has given its nod for the same.

According to the SCR officials, the State government has given a login id to the hospital to create a database for reporting the number of day-to-day cases, discharges, swab collections besides treatment procedures and facilities being provided to patients.

Swab samples taken from suspected cases will be sent to labs approved by the government. Those having symptoms will be kept in the hospital till the results come and if needed, treated there as well.

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