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Non Covid Services May Hit in Hospitals as Doctors Testing Covid Positive in TS

Hyderabad : The large number of doctors testing positive for Covid19 is increasing by the day across medical colleges. As of Tuesday, a total of 39 MBBS students, 45 house surgeons, 33 PG doctors and six faculty members from Osmania and Gandhi Hospitals have tested positive. These two hospitals are the State’s most crucial tertiary care centres that cumulatively have a capacity of 3,500-4,000 beds. This data was shared by Telangana Junior Doctors Association on Tuesday. 

The sharp spike in cases among healthcare workers will be debilitating for the public healthcare systems as it will not only affect Covid-19 services but crucially, also non-Covid services, which are at an all-time high in the state. Currently, about 70 severe cases of Covid-19 are being treated in Gandhi Hospital, all in the ICU. Of this, 25 cases had come in on Tuesday alone. 

Director of Medical Education Dr. Ramesh Reddy, however, said that as of date, there is no impact on electives and non-Covid services. In a tweet, he stated, “All the services in government hospitals in Telangana are running as usual. Hospital Covid admissions are minimal. Elective services are not stopped.

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