Hyderabad: Large scale collection of samples from suspected patients to diagnose Covid-19 infection will be taken-up across Telangana from Tuesday, Health Minister, Etela Rajender on Monday said.
A round-the-clock swab sample collection facility will be available for patients at the Government General Hospital in King Koti, apart from other designated Government hospitals where sample collection will be done throughout the day.
People who have a suspicion that they might be infected with coronavirus should first visit Government Hospital at King Koti, Fever Hospital or Osmania General Hospital, where samples will be collected and sent for testing. In case the swab samples are positive, then depending on the patient’s condition, they will be either admitted to Gandhi Hospital or will be kept under home isolation, Rajender said.
Interacting with media persons on Monday, Rajender urged people not to panic when it comes to Covid-19. “The disease is contagious but people are recovering from it. Elderly patients and patients with pre-existing medical conditions should, however, be cautious,” he said.
The Minister urged the general public not to fall for fake news and false propaganda across various social media outlets by vested interests. “There is no doubt that there are vested interests who want to create panic and disturb the mental frame of mind of the community. I would urge general public to believe news that is being issued only by Government officials,” Rajender said
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