COVID-19: Huge rush, no social distancing at Varkala Govt Taluk Hospital
Varkala: The rush of patients at the Government Taluk Hospital here is preventing social distancing at a time when the COVID-19 situation at the state capital is becoming more and more concerning.
Hundreds of people throng the hospital everyday seeking treatment for various ailments. Even those waiting in line for OP tickets are not maintaining social distance. The situation is so dangerous that if one among them is a coronavirus patient, all of them could contract the disease.
Those who returned from abroad and other states are brought to the hospital for COVID-19 test once they complete their 14-day quarantine period. While some use their own vehicle, the others are brought in vehicles of various Primary Health Centres (PHC). Moreover, remand accused are also brought to the hospital for testing.
On Thursday morning, many of those who came to the hospital for tests had to wait for a long time. As a result, social distancing was not maintained. Those who came for tests protested against the officials calling everyone at the same day instead of allotting them specific time.
The number of patients coming to the hospital has also increased. Huge rush was witnessed on Monday. The security officers are helpless when large numbers of patients come to the hospital at the same time.
Those who come to the hospital also sought arrangements to manage the crowd and to ensure that everyone maintains social distance.
“Samples are collected from those who come to the hospital for COVID-19 test after checking their details through a mobile application. On Thursday, this mobile application developed a problem resulting in the delay, said Biju Nelson, superintendent, Varkala Government Taluk Hospital.