Official Says Asymptomatic Cases Burdening Hospitals
A senior health official today said that many people in Telangana were adding to the pressures on an overwhelmed health sector by rushing to hospitals for Covid-19 tests.
Hyderabad | 28th April 2021
Telangana Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivas Rao today stated that many people in the state were adding to the pressures on an already overwhelmed health sector by rushing to hospitals for Covid-19 tests even when there was no real need to do so.
Pointing this out, Rao appealed to the public not to rush to hospitals when they had mild symptoms, and said that the shortage of oxygen and beds was caused by panicky people going to hospitals without symptoms or any real need.
"There is no need to visit hospitals if one has mild symptoms or is asymptomatic. This may cause some other outbreak or health complication. 85% of the cases in Telangana are those that do not need intensive hospital care. Only those with serious symptoms, including the loss of taste and smell, fever, motions, and vomiting, need to seek medical attention," the senior official maintained.
"We have allocated 50,000 beds for Covid-19 patients in both government and private hospitals, and all hospitals are fully equipped with facilities, injections, oxygen, beds, and other infrastructure. However, this does not mean that we do not need to exercise extreme caution. Please do not attend large gatherings in this season of marriages and festivals," he added.
Rao added that the public would need to follow all the Covid-19 protocols necessary to avoid the transmission of the disease, and highlighted the importance of mask-wearing, hand sanitising, and maintaining social distance.
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