The Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) Government, on the 9th of July, explained the strategy and functioning of the State Government in handling the Novel Coronavirus situation.
The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) is going to monitor availability of beds, ventilators and other facilities to treat COVID-19 patients in Andhra Pradesh.
Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) directed district administration to ensure no person requiring medical attention is turned away in private and government hospitals.
To maintain the details, the YSRCP Government The classified all hospitals in three categories
exclusive Covid-19 hospitals which dedicated to the treatment of the pandemic
COVID-19 and Non COVID-19 ospitals which will cater to both Covid patients as well as patients requiring treatments for other medical issues
non-Covid hospitals which will only be allowed to treat other patients. If any person exhibiting Covid symptoms arrives at a non-Covid hospital.
The Stage Government issued a government order (GO) and asked government hospital to arrange for transferring that person to category A or B hospital immediately.
Meanwhile, private hospitals should be notified by the respective district collectors as to which category the government has classified them and shall remain so until further review and revision based on the evolving circumstances.
The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare also established a web portal that would enable the district collectors to monitor the number of beds available in all government and private hospitals of A and B category.
In addition, the district collectors would also establish an appropriate referral system to prevent waiting and overcrowding of patients.
If any patient arrives with a medical / surgical / obstetric emergency, such patient has to be admitted by category A and B hospitals and treatment should start without waiting for the RT-PCR test result.
Speaking about the availability of beds and allocation, the hospitals under category A and B, must admit and treat a person sent by the district administration.
Precautions like keeping a separate entry to the Covid ward, PPEs for doctors and staff should be provided. Such hospitals could continue to serve non COVID -19 cases also.
If there are more number of patients, the district collectors will direct them to a hospital where a bed is available.
The data on availability of beds will also be put out in public domain so that people can find out in which hospitals beds are available
The government has also fixed rates for treatment at all the hospitals so that patients are not over charged.
Whereas, beneficiaries under the Aarogyasi Scheme can avail free treatment which the government will reimburse to the hospitals under the scheme.
Charges are divided in these categories;
The per day charges for non-critical Covid-19 treatment has been fixed at Rs. 3,250, Rs. 5,480 per day for ICU bed without ventilator and without NIV, Rs. 5,980 per day for ICU with NIV. Rs. 9,580 per ICU bed with ventilator.
With this plan, the Andhra Pradesh Government would maintain the availability, treatment and other matter related to the COVID-19 situation.
Till the 9th of July, the State recorded a total of 23,814 cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
Of the total, 11,383 are active cases, 12,154 are discharged/cured and 277 are deceased.
Stay tuned for further updates.