Hyderabad: Charminar Dawakhana is one of the largest hospitals in the old city of Hyderabad with a large number of beds.
Currently, the hospital is treating asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. In severe cases, these patients are being sent to COVID-19 hospitals.
A doctor from Charminar Dawakhana, on condition of anonymity, said that the hospital was converted into a COVID-19 level 1 treatment center last March and allocated senior allopathy doctors to treat COVID-19 patients.Later, it was converted into a segregation center.
“The second wave of COVID-19 is much more serious than the first. The condition of patients is rapidly deteriorating due to the need for oxygen and ventilators,”the doctor said.
Tests are being done in this hospital
If any patient is found to be asymptomatic positive, they are admitted to the dawakhana and treated.
But if their condition is critical or if they need oxygen, they are being sent to COVID-19 hospitals.
The doctor further said, “Last year, the government provided basic facilities to the Charminar Dawakhana for Level 1 treatment.
There were up to 250 beds. But now, there is no oxygen or ventilator beds and patients are being asked to go to covid hospitals. “
A COVID-19 patient with mild symptoms was admitted to the hospital. Later they had trouble breathing because oxygen saturation level was rapidly decreasing. Since there was no oxygen facility,they was immediately rushed to a COVID-19 hospital, the doctor said.
The state government is taking measures to increase medical facilities in the city and across the state. It has been decided to use the old hospitals in the city in this regard.
While the state government is converting the function halls and community centers of the area into temporary COVID-19 health care centers, it is unfathomable that the state government is not adding oxygen facility to the Charminar Dawakhana and is making it a full-time COVID-19 care hospital.