As the deadly Nipah virus continues to claim lives in Kerala, the other southern states are grappling with the fear that the next slew of infections could occur in their region. While doctors have been figuring out various measures to tackle the viral fever, a state-of-the-art health facility solely focusing on treating different infections is underway in Telangana.
Touted to be first such initiative in the country, the health facility is expected to come up on the campus of the Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital (Fever Hospital) at Nallakunta and would be equipped with advanced facilities to treat different infections including Swine flu, the Zika virus, Ebola, Japanese encephalitis, the Nipah virus, as well as other dangerous and contagious outbreaks.
“We have proposed to set up the clean ward facility near the Fever Hospital. The multi-bedded facility will need funds to the tune of ₹15 crore,” Dr K Shankar, the Director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) and Superintendent, Fever Hospital, told the Times of India.
Slated to be set up in the 12-acre plot at the Fever Hospital campus, the concerned authorities intend to emulate the concept of ‘clean wards’ which will have triple safety layers for patients, nurses as well as doctors as well as an isolated quarantine facility away from other patients.
Unlike most hospitals that only have a ward to quarantine patients with an unidentified fever or infections, the new facility will have a separate building to curtail the transmission of viruses to other patients. The proposal for the same is currently being drafted and will soon be submitted for clearance to the state health department.
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“This discussion was on for a while. Every time there is a patient affected with swine flu or Ebola, we need to figure out where to keep him or her. Usually, they are rushed to Gandhi Hospital and, in many cases, the virus spreads to other patients. With the clean ward facility, we will be able to curtail the spread of these viruses from patient to patient,” a senior official from the state health department, added.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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