VIJAYAWADA: Special Chief Secretary (health) KS Jawahar Reddy has asked district collectors to shift patients suffering from ailments unrelated to the pandemic from Covid hospitals to other institutes as the number of coronavirus cases in the state is “expected to go up in the next two-three weeks”. “District Covid Line-2 hospitals are to be lined up immediately… all district collectors are requested to adopt the following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to shift/divert patients from Covid hospitals (SCH, DCH-1 or DCH-2) to other hospitals,” Jawahar Reddy said in an order issued on Friday.
As per the SOP, patients must be categorised, wherever possible, as maternity (OBG), cardiac, oncology, pulmonology, trauma, nephrology and other cases, before being shifted. “All existing and expected maternity cases are to be moved to a government maternity hospital in the same or nearby town. If there is no such government facility, shift/divert them to any specialised maternity trust/missionary hospitals (not for profit), if it has Aarogyasri facility.