The waiting list at the government hospitals notified for Covid-19 treatment is getting longer with each day passing in Visakhapatnam. Patients with their attendants were seen mostly at the 500 bed CSR block of King George Hospital, premier hospitals in the government sector with round-the-clock attendance by experts and uninterrupted oxygen supply.
The patients were seen waiting under a tree with despair while their attendants making frequent visits to the reception counter. Many blamed the authorities for not maintain the queue and taking patients recommended by politicians and senior officials. Speaking to Hello Vizag, KGH superintendent Dr. P Mythili said that “all the beds are full as on date and we are ensuring that the queue is followed strictly. Vacancies can be filled only after discharges and this we have been telling the people. Some social media posts are misleading the people.”
The other government hospital in demand is the Visakha Institute for Medical Sciences (VIMS) which has 200 beds with few ICU units. The hospital is also witnessing long waiting. The administration also notified 40 private hospitals and of them GITAM, Gayatri and Pratdhama put under A grade is entirely dedicated to patients under Aarogyasri.
GITAM became fully operational with 200 beds from Monday onwards. The remaining hospital made it mandatory to reserve 50 percent for the government-sponsored patients. The private hospitals are shooting away patients and refusing to tell when the next bed would be available, said a CPI leader S. Murali.
“The rich have reserved beds for themselves and friends in advance in most of the corporate hospitals even without getting tested for Covid-19,” said district medical and health officer Dr. P Suryanarayana. He said that after watching electronic and social media reports, people are getting panic.