Pulayanarkotta hospital to be a second-line treatment centre

With a spike in Covid-19 cases, especially category B and C patients, health authorities are in search of a new second-line treatment centre in district to house symptomatic persons

Published: 11th February 2021 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2021 04:48 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: According to health authorities, the number of daily Covid-related deaths in the district haven’t shown any sign of decline, though the total number of cases has come down. An average of 20 deaths are being reported daily, tough these are not acknowledged officially, according to sources.As of Tuesday, 1,119 Covid-19 patients are under treatment at various hospitals in the district. As many as 153 patients are critically ill and in ICUs while 63 patients are on ventilator support.

“Earlier, when the daily cases were around 1,500,  the average number of daily Covid deaths was 20. Now, the test positivity rate has dropped and daily cases are below 500, but the number of deaths continues to be around 20. This is very alarming as the pandemic has started affecting the vulnerable population here. Now, the majority of positive cases are symptomatic and need medical care.

Earlier, 80 per cent of Covid-positive patients were sent for home isolation. But of late, there is an increased need for ICU care, ventilator or oxygen support,” said a General Hospital official. Almost every OP for non-Covid patients has resumed at General Hospital, prompting the authorities to find alternatives to manage Covid-19 patients. 

The official added that the plan is to ramp up ICU facilities at General Hospital for Covid-19 patients. “Our plan is to gradually shift the second-line treatment centre to Pulayanarkotta Chest Diseases Hospital and use General Hospital to help Covid patients in need of critical care. Medical College Hospital is also admitting more non-Covid-19 patients now. Hence we have to decentralise the medical care for Covid-19,” said the official. 

The central team which visited the state to study the Covid-19 situation has recommended the strengthening of contact tracing and declaring more containment zones. With the assembly elections around the corner, according to authorities, it is impossible to strengthen contact tracing. 

covid care

Total number of beds occupied by Covid patients in the district -1,119 
Total number of people under 
home isolation -2,838
Occupancy at MCH
Beds set aside for Covid -19: 788
Number of beds occupied by 
Covid patients: 321
Number of Covid patients admitted with severe symptoms (ICU): 101 
Occupancy at GH
Beds set aside for Covid -19 patients: 300
Number of beds occupied: 129
Occupancy at private hospitals 
Number of private hospitals treating Covid-19: 14
Number of beds set aside for Covid treatment: 1,084
Number of beds occupied: 237
Occupancy at CFLTCs 
Total number of CFLTCs: 7
Total number of beds: 1,170 
Number of beds occupied: 349


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