Coronavirus: Hyd patient tweets about bad conditions

Coronavirus: Hyd patient tweets about bad conditions

On Thursday, a 39-year-old woman patient who was tested positive for the novel virus in Hyderabad tweeted the appalling and pathetic conditions of the isolation ward in Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical and Communicable Diseases, also known as Fever Hospital, leaving netizens in shock. The fact was put into the light on Twitter and the patient has been identified as 'Patient 35' by the Telangana government.

The lady had a travel history to Germany and is a resident of Chandanagar in Hyderabad. It is said that she is yet to be shifted to the state-run government hospital where corona patients are being treated. However, a press release by the government tells otherwise that the "patient is stable and admitted in designated hospital". The lady and her husband, both have been admitted in an isolation ward and the tweets of hers show the unfortunate conditions of the hospital, especially in lack of facilities, staff members with zero hygiene.

The lady in the video is heard saying there is no water, no medical staff or doctors with broken windows allowing mosquitoes and insects to enter the ward. She claimed that the washrooms are nasty and unhygienic.  Moreover, the broken windows let the bad odour inside due to the huge drains outside in the backside of the hospital. The patient tells that she hasn't got any treatment till now and no one came to interact with them.

"I don't know what to do in this situation. How to get help and get myself treated because if we stay here like this, I will die," she is heard saying in the video. It has been 24 hours the couple have been in the ward. She also revealed that the staff asked her to take paracetamol and sleep. "It seemed like an abandoned facility," she said.

Dr K Shankar, the Superintendent of Fever Hospital, said, "The beds at Chest Hospital and Gandhi Hospital are currently full. We are getting hourly updates and we will shift the patient as soon as there is a vacancy. We have isolated both of them in a separate room. The lady is stable and we have begun treating her. We are giving her symptomatic and supportive treatment".