Over 30 patients at Hyderabad mental hospital test for COVID-19; doctors allege lack of basic facilities

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 It is alleged that the doctors are working in a highly vulnerable atmosphere in the mental hospital

As many as 36 patients of a mental asylum in Hyderabad tested positive for COVID-19 and it has raised the concerns of the health officials.

The patients were admitted to the Erragadda Mental Hospital in the closed wards of the hospital where 200 other patients are admitted. After they tested positive, the hospital authorities are conducting tests on all the 200 patients.

The patients who are destitutes, abandoned by relatives or sent by the district magistrate are treated for various mental ailments at the closed wards in the hospital, said a report in The New Indian Express.

"The issue began about a fortnight ago when a PG doctor and senior resident tested positive for COVID-19. Eventually last week, several nurses, class 4 staff and doctors got infected triggering a check on other patients," a doctor of the hospital on condition of anonymity was quoted as saying in the report.

It is alleged that the doctors are working in a highly vulnerable atmosphere in the hospital. No quarantine norms being followed at the hospital and doctors as well as other staff work seven days, it is alleged.

It is also alleged that the doctors were not being given PPE kits or masks even though their job was invasive.

Telangana’s total COVID-19 cases rose to 92,255 on Monday while the death toll stands at 703 so far.

Image credit: The Indian Express

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