Hyderabad: The continuous Covid-19 pandemic has spurred the process of upgrading infrastructure and knowledge base of healthcare workers in dealing with infectious diseases in government hospitals across Telangana. While the pandemic has undeniably caused a great deal of distress in the short term, it has also caused authorities to launch several initiatives that could benefit the state in the long run.
A number of projects aimed at strengthening infrastructure and manpower in public health systems, which have been in use since March, hold the promise of improving preparedness in the future to combat similar outbreaks. Such measures could also improve the quality of healthcare in government hospitals.
Infectious Diseases Sections
The Covid-19 outbreak clearly highlighted the need to strengthen the infectious disease departments in all government teaching hospitals in the State. Attempts have already been made to recruit specialist doctors in the field of tuberculosis (tuberculosis) and lung diseases, which largely deal with infectious diseases. Such dedicated departments focus on the management of infectious diseases caused by a weak immunity of the human body. Apart from TB, other infectious diseases are HIV, tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue, fever of unknown origin and infections of fungal and bacterial origin.
The pandemic also accelerated the timeline to develop laboratories in the State that can detect viral infections. The development of laboratories does not just mean the installation of an RT-PCR or a CB NAAT machine, as it involves training and setting up certain safety guidelines and protocols that must be followed throughout in such facilities. All of these measures have been taken by the health authorities in the State.
Prior to the pandemic, Telangana did not have a single laboratory to detect viral infections. Between March and August, the health authorities succeeded in establishing 17 government laboratories in the State, which can now conduct diagnostic tests for viruses and bacteria in the future.
Perhaps the most important development during the Covid-19 pandemic is the establishment of the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) in Gachibowli and the promise it offers for the provision of advanced medical care for patients and postgraduate medical training in the State. The TIMS has a lot of potential in the long run as it is envisaged to provide super specialty training that will attract many specialist doctors in the government sector. The hospital will also cater for the part of Hyderabad, which has been waiting a long time for such a facility.
ICU beds, oxygen supply and fans
Attempts to add more ICU beds improve oxygen lines for Covid patients and the refurbishment of fans will also have a positive long-term impact on government facilities. To ensure the long term availability of oxygen, the government decided to establish liquid oxygen tanks in MGM Hospital in Warangal, District Hospital, King Koti, Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Mehdipatnam, Osmania General Hospital in Afzalgunj, Fever Hospital in Nallakunta . , Chest Hospital, Erragadda and TIMS.
Source: Telangana Today