The district administration has decided to have 3,000 more beds readied in addition to the existing 3,000 at the government hospitals, private medical colleges and corporate hospitals.
The administration is expecting more positive cases in the district going by the present trends, said Special Officer for Covid cases for north Andhra and principal of Andhra Medical College Dr PV Sudhakar. The first positive case was reported on March 19 and so far 2,530 tested positive. Of them 46 lost their lives and 1,521 discharged so far. At present 963 patients are undergoing treatment at GITAM Medical College, VIMS, Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases and King George Hospital. Corporate hospitals like Apollo, NRI, Care and Seven Hills have been designated. On an average 1,200 samples are being collected and tested in virology labs at King George Hospital, Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases and Microbiology department of Andhra Medical College.
Mobile testing units were launched on Thursday by Rajya Sabha MP V Vijaysai Reddy and Minister for Tourism and Culture Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao. Five buses given by APSRTC have been converted into labs. Vijaysai Reddy and others were tested on the occasion of launch. “Às we are increasing tests, more positive cases could surface for which additional beds are required. We will have 3,000 beds arranged with full equipment and doctors in a week’s time,’’ Dr Sudhakar said. He said now the district health officials are focusing on how to control the death rate. So far out of 46 deaths, 30 were reported from VIMS alone, he added. More and more clusters are being identified and the city is now dotted with barricades.