Govt reports few deaths, says not hiding data GH staff says they are silenced

20 are dying a day, says GH mortuary staff

In a revelation that throws into question the daily reporting of Covid19 deaths by the health department. two employees at Gandhi Hospital have claimed that the daily fatalities are being seriously under  reported.

On Monday, the health department in its Covid19 bulletin said there were nine deaths. The employees said there were 30 deaths at Gandhi Hospital alone on Monday.

His colleague. E. Prasad (name changed), said: "There are more than 20 deaths each day over the past many days. The mortuary is full. Sometimes, bodies are left in the wards.

 THERE ARE more than 20 deaths each day over the past many days. The mortuary is full. Sometimes, bodies are left in the wards because there is no space available in the mortuary. Because there is no space available in the mortuary." Previously, the government had rejected reports of more patients dying at the Gandhi Hospital than declared, claiming that it takes two to three days to go through a deceased patient's records and ascertain the actual cause of death, though the patient may have been suffering from Covid19.

The government repeatedly claimed that it did not have anything to hide on this front. Though top health department officials previously said they will include details of the deceased. including where they were from in the bulletins, no details are being provided for more than two weeks after this announcement. There is no breakup of the information on the number of deaths at government and private hospitals.

Satyam and Prasad said that almost all of their fellow workers, as well as themselves, are repeatedly reminded by their higherups that it would be easy to get sacked.

They said that Class4 employees at Gandhi hospital were the backbone of patient care.

VIRUS I CONTROL Publicise Covid designated hospitals, govt told HC for testing facility at Gandhi

The Telangana High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to conduct testing for Covid19 for all those who approach the Gandhi Hospital for treatment. A division bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy was passing a common order in five PILs filed on Covid19.

The hospital is currently admitting patients who fhrnish a Covid19 positive  test report.

Justice Chauhan said, "How can it turn away patients, forcing them to get a test report from other hospitals and laboratories which are almost inundated with samples? By the time the patient arrives at the Gandhi Hospital with a Covid19 positive report, it will be one or two days and by this time the patient will slip into serious breathlessness and succumb." The court also directed medical and health department to first publicise the different categories of hospitals and the government and private hospitals which have been designated for Covid19 treatment.

The government was directed to indicate in its daily medical bulletin the number and category of beds available in different hospitals and publicise this information in the press. The department was directed to establish a web link providing information to the public regarding where they can file complaints against private hospital overcharging patients.

The state was directed to reveal the contents of GO dated June 15 and July 6 regarding the price caps. The court noted that the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 grants power to the Director of Public Health to cancel the registration of private hospitals are violating the GOs.

Since the Centre seems to have delegated powers under the Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 to the states, the government was directed to prescribe the rates for different types of procedures and services at private hospitals. The court a detailed report from the government on these measures.

Soon all Covid hospitals to have info dashboard

Telangana state will soon have a dashboard to provide real•time information on the availability of beds in private and government hospitals that are admitting Covid•19 patients. Daily bulletins issued by the health department will also have this information, along with details of medical facilities such as ventilators and oxygen lines.

The Telangana High Court had directed the government to set up such a dashboard.

Dr G. Srinivasa Rao,

Director of Public Health, said on Tuesday that there were enough vacant beds for Covid19 patients. He asked the general public to make use of 104 (for Covidrelated guidance) and 108 (for emergencies). Dr Rao said Covid19 tests were being conduct. ed in over 300 locations, including area hospitals, primary healthcare centres and basti dawakhanas.

Dr K. Ramesh Reddy, Director of Medical Education, said the government is working on reducing the load on hospitals in Hyderabad by allowing government and area hospitals in the districts to treat cases locally.

Within Greater Hyderabad, Dr Reddy said, there were 10 private medical hospitalscumcolleges that are taking Covid19 patients, including Kamineni Academy, Malta Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences and Mamatha Medical College on the outskirts.

1,524 new Covid cases in TS; 709 from rural areas

Rural Telangana state appears to have begun to roil with Covid19 cases, with nearly half of the 1,524 fresh Covid19 victims coming from 28 districts outside of the GHMC limits.

Ten more deaths were reported taking the toll from Covid19 to 375 on Tuesday.

The health department reported that 815 fresh Covid19 cases were recorded in GHMC limits that mostly comprises Hyderabad city and some parts of Ranga Reddy. MedchalMalkajgiri and Sangareddy districts. The rest of the state. including the nonGHMC portions of these three districts, accounted for 709 new Covid19 cases.

Outside of the GHMC limits, Ranga Reddy district recorded 240 cases on Tuesday followed by MedchalMalkajgiri with 97, while 61 new cases were reported from Sangareddy district. Only 13 of the 28 districts  in addition to GHMC area from where fresh cases were reported from, listed them in single digits.

NonGHMC area cases over the past week have witnessed a rise showing that Covid19 is now in the process of taking a possible firm grip over the entire state.

Compared to 709 nonGHMC cases on Monday the corresponding numbers for nonGHMC districts were 624 out 1,550 total on July 13, 469 out of explain."

The P1B release said that TS, after much delay, had started rapid antigen testing, but that it was not following ICMR protocols, that suggested that those who test negative in an antigen test, need to undergo an RTPCR test. Instead, the PIE said, the state government "has decided to ask symptomatic people to go into isolation, instead of testing them again."

Dr Rao, in his rejoinder of sorts that came as part of the Covid19 bulletin for the day "strongly condemned and expressed utmost displeasure at the statement given by the PIS."

He said the fact was that the High Court "appreciated the efforts taken by the state in terms of testing, hospital preparedness and case management?'

conducted on Tuesday, and that 1,161 patients were discharged, leaving 12,531 active cases. The total number of Covid19 cases so far is 37,745 while as many as 24,840 persons have been discharged, the bulletin said.

 

TS official denies PIB's HC update

 The health department on Tuesday launched a vitriolic attack on the Press Information Bureau (P113), the publicity arm of the Central government, accusing it of indulging in a 'blame game' over the Covid19 situation in the state.

Director of Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao, said a PIB report in the national Covid19 bulletin for Tuesday was "absolutely baseless and is tarnishing the efforts of the state in the control and management Court "tore" into the TS government over its poor record on mass testing for Covid. 19 and that the court had "summoned Dr Srinivasa Rao to appear before it to

1,269 on July 12, 443 out of 1,178 on July 11, 516 1,278 on July 10, 492 out of 1,410 on July 9, and 334 out of 1,924 on July 8. Meanwhile, the health department in its daily Covid19 bulletin said a total of 13,715 tests were explain."

The P1B release said that TS, after much delay, had started rapid antigen testing, but that it was not following ICMR protocols, that suggested that those who test negative in an antigen test, need to undergo an RTPCR test. Instead, the PIE said, the state government "has decided to ask symptomatic people to go into isolation, instead of testing them again."

Dr Rao, in his rejoinder of sorts that came as part of the Covid19 bulletin for the day "strongly condemned and expressed utmost displeasure at the statement given by the PIS."

He said the fact was that the High Court "appreciated the efforts taken by the state in terms of testing, hospital preparedness and case management?

conducted on Tuesday, and that 1,161 patients were discharged, leaving 12,531 active cases. The total number of Covid19 cases so far is 37,745 while as many as 24,840 persons have been discharged, the bulletin said.

Health dept officials denounce nurses' strike

The health department has condemned the 220 contract nurses who are on strike at the Gandhi Hospital from Friday On Tuesday, nearly 700 sanitation workers, security guards and other contract participated in a strike. They have been demanding increased pay and benefits and that their employment to be regularised. The nurses complain that those who have been working at the hospital for many years are being paid less than those who were hired recently. Director of Medical Education Dr K. Ramesh Reddy told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that health minister Etala Rajendar had met with the striking nurses and offering them relief. "The files of older employees are being processed. It is not right on their part to retlise to work and go on strike at such a critical time," he said.

Dr Reddy said regularisation of employees was not under the purview of the department, claiming there were pending cases in the Supreme Court on the matter. "The minister has promised them incentives. It isn't right to resort to protests. This is not the right way" he said. He also accused the striking employees of stopping those wishing to report for duty

Dr G. Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health,

 Misala Shiva, a representative of Class4 employees, who works as a ward boy, said, "Every time we ask, we are dismissed. Now we will fight until we get our due. We want the government to regularise our services. For how many more years do we have to work in uncertainty like this?"

Ch. Lakshmi, a sanitation worker for 16 years, on a wage of 28,500, said, "Those on government rolls are paid Z50.000Z60,000 for the job that I do. They work for 15 days as per Covid19 norms. while we have to work every day of the month." Speaking of her difficulties, Lakshmi said "Half my salary goes for house rent. I cannot afford to send my three children to appealed to the employees to return to work.  All of us are contributing to the fight against the school and so I send them to work. There is no appreciation from the government. We work in an environment which is dangerous to us as well to our families."

Kancharla Ravindra Reddy, sanitation supervisor, said there used to be 185 sanitation staff earlier but many who were close to 60 years left fearing Covid19. Some who had small children at home also left the job.

Those who are on government rolls don't even do half of the work the contract workers do. Many of us, in addition to really hard work, also have to face discrimination for working at a Covid19 hospital," he said. Coronavirus. This is a difficult time for everyone," Dr Rao said in his appeal to the workers.


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