Appalling conditions in Gandhi Hospital

  • Central Medical Team take to task Authorities

Hyderbad, January 22: The central medical team, which arrived today to take stock of the alarming situation following the increasing number of Swine Flu cases, was appalled over the “unhygienic” conditions prevailing in the premier Gandhi Hospital where majority of patients undergoing treatment.

The three-member central medical headed by Dr. Ashok Kumar Khare, National Health Services Director, was rushed to Hyderabad by Prime Minister Narendra Modi following an SOS from Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao for central assistance to prevent further spread of the H1N1 virus which has already claimed 19 lives in Telangana State.

The expert medical team on arrival straight drove to Gandhi Hospital and visited the special ward set up for treating Swine Flu Cases. The team went round the ward where the virus affected patients were treated, spoke to many of them regarding the treatment they were getting, inspected the surrounding premises besides apprising themselves from the doctors about the availability of medicines and vaccine.

The Gandhi Hospital authorities were taken to task by central team which expressed utter dismay and displeasure over the unhygienic conditions prevailing. If such an appalling condition is prevailing in this premier hospital, what would be the fate of the hospitals in the districts, they reportedly questioned the hospital authorities.

Apart from advising the hospital administration about the precautions to be taken and the immediate treatment to be given to those reporting with Swine Flu symptoms, the central team also sought a detailed report about those who had died so far. The central government also dispatched 50,000 Swine Flu kits besides the required medicines and vaccines for making available in all the hospitals in the city as well as districts.

The central team is also expected to visit Mahabubnagar which has reported highest number of Swine Flu cases after Hyderabad. The members of the team are also expected to hold discussions with the Health Department officials before calling on the Chief Minister and then submit their report to the Union Health Ministry following their “fact finding mission”.

Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya also visited Gandhi Hospital and enquired about the condition of patients undergoing treatment there. He would make an appeal to Chief Minister K. Chandrashkar Rao to move the isolation wards in Gandhi and Osmania Hospitals to the hospital in nearby Bibinagar. He would also call on the Union Health Minister in New Delhi and after apprising him of the situation would request for additional assistance to tackle the spread of the virus into an epidemic. (NSS).

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