50 recovered COVID-19 patients languish in Hyderabad hospital as families refuse to take them back home

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While health authorities in most high coronavirus prevalent cities across India are struggling to find hospital beds for new patients, the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, the nodal centre for Covid-19 treatment in Telangana, are faced with a tough task of accommodating even recovered patients.

This, according to a News Minute report, is because of refusal by the family members of the recovered patients to take them back home. State Health Minister Eatala Rajender told reporters that the hospital had 50 patients languishing with no place to go.  

This included a 93-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital with symptoms. "We tested her and the results returned negative. When we informed the family, they refused to take her home," news agency IANS quoted the minister as saying.

Officials said that the families were not making arrangements for home quarantine and also repeatedly asking for tests which were not feasible, even after the patients tested negative once. The health authorities are finding difficult to accede to the demand of the kin of the patients since there is acute shortage of testing kits.

Curiously, the government paused the ongoing mass testing for COVID-19 in Hyderabad and surrounding districts in view of the piling-up of samples in testing laboratories. With 8,235 samples still pending in the labs for testing, the authorities said collection of more samples without testing the pending ones will create problems.

The health department had stopped special camps for collection of samples for two days so that the testing of pending samples is completed and labs and collections centres are sanitised.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had announced on June 14 that 50,000 COVID-19 tests will be done in 30 Assembly constituencies in and around the jurisdiction of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and some neighbouring districts.

Till June 16, the health authorities collected 36,000 samples, according to a News Minute report.

Meanwhile, the surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana continued with 920 people testing positive and five succumbing to the virus on Thursday, taking the tally to 11,364 and the death toll to 230, the state government said. A total of 4,688 people have been discharged so far, while 6,446 were under treatment in the state, which has been witnessing a spike in cases in recent days with the government increasing the testing manifold.

Of the fresh cases, as many as 737 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal districts with 86 and 60 cases respectively, a bulletin said (with inputs from IANS)

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